Lagerfeld has an 8-month old kitten named Choupette, who increasingly plays a central role in his emotional life, and I started to wonder–not without reason–why Lagerfeld had wanted the women to resemble Choupette.
She goes on to track Lagerfeld’s infatuation with various models and muses, the influence his mother has on who he is, and “the latest object of his affection, Choupette,” who he sometimes pretends is writing his text messages. Viard tells W, “He signs them, Your Choupette.” Mouzat suggests that Lagerfeld’s attachment to Choupette, and his other female muses (Mouzat calls them Chanelettes), is proof that he’s more of a “softie” than people think, that “behind his facade is an immense need to love and to be loved, to give and to receive.” She writes,
The extreme fear Lagerfeld feels about being unloved explains both the profound attachment he shows for his Chanelettes and the brutal fall from grace that certain people have experienced as soon as the threat of hurt or abandon arises.
Mouzat’s theory raises several questions: What are Lagerfeld’s muses without Lagerfeld? And, what is Lagerfeld without his muses, Choupette included?
Like a muse or an it-girl, won’t Choupette’s spotlight soon fade? Perhaps she will have peaked at one, or perhaps she’ll have one of those rare, long-lasting careers, protected by her alleged IMG contract. Only time will tell.