He revealed last year that he could never imagine having children of his own. But Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld seems to be discovering his paternal side after welcoming Choupette, the Siamese cat into his Paris home.
Over the past few months the 78-year-old fashion mogul has invested time teaching his female feline the art of fine dining and, gearing her up for the modern world, how to work an iPad. He even congratulated the kitten on her progress by posting a Twitter picture of her busy playing on the Apple device.
“She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food. She doesn’t touch my food. She doesn’t want to eat on the floor. She sleeps under a pillow and she even knows how to use an iPad,” he said. And while he’s away on business he revealed that he has recruited two personal maids to provide Choupette with round-the-clock care.
He added: “She is beyond spoiled.” Choupette was given to Lagerfeld by his French model muse Baptiste Giabiconi in January and she has since become his primary preoccupation. He even gets his maids to keep a diary of her moods, movements and eating patterns if he’s not with her.
“In the nine months, we already have almost 600 pages... I think it could be funny to make a little book of Choupette’s diary.”
But we won’t be seeing Choupette fashioning custom-made Chanel wares anytime soon, as Lagerfeld described the act of humanising pets as ‘circuslike’. Last year, during a sit down with former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld he said, “If I were a woman, I would love to have lots of kids. But for men, I don’t believe in it.”