Do not let Karl Lagerfeld cat-sit. That's the message I'm taking from this new interview with the Chanel designer, in which he admits without even a hint of sheepishness that he flat-out stole his now-famous kitten, Choupette, from his male-model buddy (slash Katy Perry sexer, slash star of the most wonderful music video of our time, slash boytoy who serves at the Kaiser's pleasure) Baptiste Giabiconi. Here's how Lagerfeld says that the white Siamese kitten came to be in his possession:
"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," added the Kaiser, unnecessarily. Choupette, in case you were wondering, also is the subject of an unusually detailed diary, a sort of Kitten's Log. "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."
On other matters, Lagerfeld seems surprisingly sensitive to the rock/hard place position that most female politicians find themselves in when it comes to matters of appearance — whether it's Hillary Clinton (oh no she didn't wear makeup?! wait, what's up with her hair!? isn't she too frivolous anyway?!) or Angela Merkel. Women's Wear Daily asked Lagerfeld to comment on the German chancellor's "style," and he gracefully declined:
"She is not a fashion person, so I don't criticize her [style]. Sometimes she could get a person who cuts the jackets and the pants a little better, but she has more serious things to do. She would be criticized that she would be too trendy."
Sounds reasonable. But he's still not the kind of guy you'd want to lend your favorite shirt.
UPDATE: Inevitably, Choupette now has a Twitter.