This year's most anticipated Met Gala guest has revealed she won't be attending.
It’s Choupette (that's French for "Sweetie"), Karl Lagerfeld's 11-year-old blue cream Birman, who was the designer's pet, muse and best friend.
Rumors of the fashion aristo-cat’s attendance began as soon as the gala’s theme was announced last year. However, Choupette had been playing a game of cat and mouse with her 154,000 Instagram followers — a recent post included a video of her waking up from a catnap with the caption, “Me, while everyone is wondering if I’m going to the Met Gala.”
The New York Post reported last month that Choupette had been invited to the event, but her agent did not reveal whether she would accept.
Choupette also recently appeared on the May cover of Vogue, cradled in the arms supermodel Naomi Campbell on a Parisian bridge.
Speculation intensified on Thursday when Kim Kardashian shared Instagram snaps of a trip to the French capital, including a photoshoot with the celebrity feline.
“Had a date with @choupetteofficiel in Paris,” read the caption, which shows Kardashian on the bed with the cat. “We then spent some time at @karllagerfeld’s office to get a little inspiration for the Met.”
Born in 2011, Choupette was originally owned by French model Baptiste Giabiconi, a close friend of Lagerfeld's. Giabiconi gave the cat to the designer as a birthday gift.
Soon Choupette was living the high life, with trips on private jets, appearances at exclusive parties and magazine shoots. Choupette traveled in a custom carrying case with her silver dishes and brushes in their own Goyard bag. (She was also reported to be the inspiration for a line of cat face handbags created by Chanel.)
Her life of luxury continued even after her human’s death in 2019. Often seen in luxury hotels and villas, Choupette celebrated her birthday last August in true supermodel style, appearing in a photo taken on a (grounded) private jet with a bottle of Ruinart champagne, a souffle and a bag of gifts.