As the fashion world mourns Chanel icon Karl Lagerfeld, his beloved cat Choupette is one of a number who could be set to inherit his ?150million fortune, along with his model godson.
Lagerfeld died aged 85 in hospital in Paris on Tuesday, leaving the fashion world reeling at the loss of the man who rescued Chanel and spent three decades as the label"s artistic director.
One of the designer"s most important companions in later life was his Birman cat Choupette, who he has called his one true love and famously said he would marry if it were legal, has enjoyed a life of luxury and has made more than ?2.5million herself.
The designer agreed to look after the Birman for a friend, but grew so attached to the animal that he refused to give her back.
Last April Lagerfeld told?Numéro?magazine: "I"ve asked to be cremated and want my ashes to be scattered along with my mother"s... And Choupette"s, if she dies before I do."
"She is the center of the world," Lagerfeld told The Cut in 2015. "If you saw her, you would understand. She is kind of Greta Garbo. There is something unforgettable about her, the way she moves, the way she plays. She"s an inspiration for elegance. For attitude."
Lagerfeld designed a whole fashion collection based on her, called "Choupette in Love," and Lagerfeld"s luxury fashion house Chanel put out a haute couture collection inspired by her eyes.
They not only shared meals but also a pillow, "which she spends her life licking." When not eating or sleeping, Choupette occupies herself with her own technology, which Lagerfeld said "she even knows how to use."
The cat"s jet-set lifestyle, traveling the world at Lagerfeld"s side, became social media legend; her personal Instagram account has 120,000 followers, tracing her every move around the world.
When asked if Choupette traveled in a private jet, Lagerfeld told the interviewer, "Yes, why not?"
She boasts her own bodyguard, personal chef and two maids who tend to her every need.
As Lagerfeld once said,"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.”
Choupette is something of a foodie. Each day, four different dishes are made up for her, including her choice of specialty dry food (eaten from a silver Goyard dish) as well as a little chicken p?té or croquettes with a turkey or fish sauce. Upon her private medical consultant"s advice (the upscale Paris-based vet Dr Yola Horn) Choupette indulges in the occasional tiny spoonful of caviar or chicken en gelée with asparagus.
As if that wasn"t enough, Choupette is also a millionaire in her own right. She starred in two ad campaigns — one for cars and one for a beauty product — and pocketed $3 million in 2014.