To promote the New York opening of The Little Black Jacket—an exhibit of photos, styled by Carine Roitfeld, of celebrities wearing the classic Chanel piece, due out in book form this fall—Karl Lagerfeld sat down for a Q&A with WWD. While holding back from the rear-ripping he’s prone to do, he did speak candidly on a variety of topics, from France’s new First Lady (she’s okay) to voting (he doesn’t). But it was his comments about his new Siamese cat that made us prick up our ears and claim another Karlism…
Do you have a cat?
A very famous white Siamese cat, Choupette. She is a famous beauty. She is nine months old. [Model] Baptiste [Giaconi] gave her to me for Christmas to watch for two weeks when he was away but then I refused to give her back. I thought she was too cute. She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. 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. She has two personal maids, for both night and day. She is beyond spoiled.
Could your next book be about cats then?
Why not? We do keep a diary. When I am not there, the maids take down, in little books, everything she did, from what she ate, to how she behaved, if she was tired, and if she wasn’t sleeping. In the nine months, we already have almost 600 pages. Colette had written a lot about cats. I am not Colette, but I think it could be funny to make a little book of Choupette’s diary.
But would you also make a little black jacket for her?
No, I don’t like animals in human clothes. I think that’s very circuslike.
Previously in Keeping Up With the Karlisms