Shupette = Shu Uemura + Choupette


Choupette the cat (aka the love of Karl Lagerfeld‘s life, and that’s not an exaggeration), is the inspiration for Shu Uemura’s 2014 holiday make-up collection called Shupette, a witty combination of both the feline and make-up line’s names.

Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette

Karl shoots Choupette for the promotion of Shupette



Given Choupette’s limited ability to physically create and apply make-up, (damn lack of opposable thumb), the collection will be designed by Karl and is due to launch in October.

Press materials suggest the Shupette range is likely to include furry false eyelashes, “claw” nail polish and includes a quote from the cat, calling herself “queen of catnaps” and “social media’s most wanted.”

Two takes on what the Shupette eyelash may look like.

Two takes on what the Shupette eyelash might look like.


WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) said Shu Uemura is calling their Choupette-inspired collection “the first tie-up between a beauty name and a house pet.” WWD goes on to say they are sure it’s only a matter of time before “Cover Girl gives Grumpy Cat her own collection called Cover Grump.”  


I’ll have to respectfully disagree with WWD on that one. Given Cover Girl’s tagline,”Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, CoverGirl,” perhaps something a bit more goth would be better suited to Miss Grumps. “Easy and Breezy” aren’t words I’d say are naturally associated with that particular feline.  Now PRADA I could maybe see…



To keep up with progress on the make-up line you can follow @shuuemura and @ChoupettesDiary on Instagram and Twitter. 

Speaking of Choupette, I was perhaps naively shocked to learn that for all intent and purposes Karl stole her from model Baptiste Giabiconi who had given the cat to him to watch over back in 2011. Karl flat-out refused to give her back.

Model Baptiste Giabiconi with his Choupette replacement, Gibson.

Model Baptiste Giabiconi with his Choupette replacement, Gibson (source:


“I thought she was too cute, “ he said in a 2012 interview, “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 even knows how to use an iPad.”

And here’s where it gets creepy.  According to, “Lagerfeld, known for his colourful commentary, confessed he’d marry the little minx if he could.” I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. Good lord what a strange man!

Choupette likely writing love letters to Karl on her iPad (or so he'd like to think!)

Choupette likely writing love letters to Karl on her iPad (or so he’d like to think!)


It is in fact true that Choupette has her own iPad in addition to two maids – one for night and one for day – not to mention she flies in a private jet. The uniqueness of this (or rather profitability) is not lost on Karl who had a 128 page book created titled, “Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat,” set for release in September right before the make-up line.

Choupette's Book


I can’t wait to see how they fill-up 128 pages.

On the other hand, maybe I can.

What could she possibly be pondering....

What could she possibly be pondering….


Would you purchase the book? Would you wear those eyelashes? Be honest now.

Personally eyelashes seem played out. I want to know when we’ll start seeing whiskers on the runway.


* NOTE: From Shu Uemuraa FAQ online:  “We are happy to confirm that the L’Oréal group of companies, has carried out no animal testing since 1989 on the entire range of its products.”

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  • I would be a little nervous to be as “loved” as Choupette is! It sounds kind of obsessive. That said, I’d like my own designer line of – well, something! Not make-up, something suitable for kitties.

  • This is so crazy. I can’t decide if Lagerfeld is just a rich crazy cat man or positively insane and somewhat creepy. But then… I have my own cat blog … about cats and fashion… hmmmm… I can’t imagine giving my own cats a maid… but then I do hire a catsitter when I am away… hmmmm… Maybe if I had that much money I would do the same things! Would you? Maybe? LOL! Oh I hope he gives money to cat rescue. Think of all he could do.

  • jmuhj

    Just keep it cruelty-free, you all. I always get a little concerned where self-centered consumerists are concerned — they so often don’t care about anything except themselves, power, money, and impressing those who don’t matter one bit to anyone like me.

    As for KL and his amour, I tell people my Mainey man is also my MAIN man and that he’s all the man I need. Neither insane nor creepy.

  • dmricciardi

    added the book to my wish list for future purchase. . I adore my cats as well. . . they (and my son) are all I need to be happy!!! ♥♥♥