It's no secret that Karl Lagerfeld plays favorites. The Chanel creative director is known for tapping the same models and celebrities to anchor fashion shows and head campaigns for years at a time: In recent years, the German designer has turned to Cara Delevingne, Kristen Stewart, and Kaia Gerber to serve as the many faces of Chanel. In a new interview with British Vogue on Tuesday while backstage at the Chanel Fall/Winter 2018 show, Karl revealed that he has a very cute nickname for the members of this elite girl group.
"My favorite girl of the moment is a Dutch girl called Luna," Karl said, referring to Luna Bijl, who walked with the 84-year-old icon to close Tuesday's show. "There are people I call my Choupettes. She and the daughter of Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Depp, they are my Choupettes." The designer also added Delevingne, and Adwoah Aboah to the list. We'll presumably be seeing yet another brand-new addition to the Choupettes soon enough, since Chanel announced on Sunday, shortly before she attended the Oscars as a nominee, Margot Robbie is now a brand ambassador for the 109-year-old French fashion house.
Besides being Karl's pet name for his favorite models, Choupette, of course, is also the name of his much-adored cat. The 6-year-old kitty has two "beloved maids," and more than 109,000 followers on Instagram. In a 2015 interview, Karl told The Cut that Choupette, who had made a cool $3 million the previous year, is "the center of the world." "There is something unforgettable about her, the way she moves, the way she plays. She's an inspiration for elegance. For attitude," he said, adding that parenting Choupette had "perhaps" made him a better, less selfish person. "I think it's grotesque, but what can you do? I believe in the unique. This is not just something to keep me company. It's only great because of the uniqueness of her," he said.