Dislikes: opera, room sprays, flight take-offs.
Such are the fancies and ennuis of Choupette, the most famous
cat in fashion owned by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld,
according to the new book "Choupette - the Enchanted Life of a
With photographs by Lagerfeld, the small 123-page hardback being
released on Wednesday is an homage to the three-year-old fluffy
white Burmese with spectacular blue eyes who has a life any
supermodel would envy.
From her specially made-to-measure Louis Vuitton luggage to the
three silver bowls that serve as her dinnerware - she eats at
the table, never on the floor - Choupette leads a charmed life.
Tending to her every whim are two "ladies in waiting" and a
bodyguard. On flights on Lagerfeld's private jet to Rome, Monte
Carlo or New York, she is allowed to visit the cockpit. She
poses with top models and celebrates her birthday with fresh
The book shows Choupette doing things any ordinary cat would do:
curling up in a box, curling up in the sink, playing with a
feather toy, hiding in a shopping bag. Next to those are
pictures of her playing with her very own iPad. She also tweets,
or at least has someone to do her tweeting for her.
The first message under her Twitter handle @ChoupettesDiary two
years ago boasted that "everything, from my whiskers to my
meows, are a source of inspiration." She now has more than
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In various modeling sessions captured in the book, published by
Flammarion, Choupette is seen draped around the neck of model
Laetitia Casta, the Eiffel Tower in the background, or wrapped in
the arms of Linda Evangelista.
It also includes recipes to please feline palates imagined by chefs
from the most prestigious restaurants of Paris. "The Cafe de Flore's
(Destructured) Choupette Club", named after the famous Left Bank
cafe that is a favorite of Lagerfeld's, calls for cubed chicken,
egg, bread, bacon and mayonnaise.
Another mixes Alaskan King crab, smoked salmon and caviar - which
Choupette's veterinarian notes must be given in moderation as its
saltiness can encourage high blood pressure in cats.
Then there is her everyday menu - two types of dry food and chicken,
turkey and fish wet food.
Simple tastes that no doubt endear the haute couture cat to
Lagerfeld, the man who once famously pronounced: "I'm very much down
to earth. Just not this earth."
(Reporting By Alexandria Sage; Editing by Tom Heneghan)
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