If you’ve ever wanted to profess your love for Karl Lagerfeld and his feline friend Choupette – now is the time. The designer partnered with French artist Tiffany Cooper on a collection of illustrated tops, launching soon on STYLEBOP.com.

Karl and Choupette

Among the selection? Cartoon-printed sweatshirts and tees, including renditions featuring Karl and his beloved pet sharing sundaes and hula skirts. With prices starting at $85, we predict a street-style cult following in the near future.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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April 2, 2015

Per usual, Chanel has caused a very chic stir. With Kristen Stewart headlining its just-released handbag campaign (and Vanessa Paradis baring all), the iconic French brand introduced the Girl bag. And in true Karl Lagerfeld fashion, the silhouette is anything but ordinary.

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Image via style.com

With a decorative button placket and dual front pockets, the Girl resembles a classic Chanel cardigan. The best part? It’s meant to be tossed over the shoulder just like a sweater.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the label released a boundary-pushing shape. (Chanel No. 5 Bottle Bag, anyone?) As a general rule of thumb, we’ve learned to always expect the unexpected when it comes to Karl’s team.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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March 5, 2015

Are white ponytails and sunglasses the next big trend for kids? Karl Lagerfeld just announced that his eponymous label will debut a children’s line next year. The designer plans to outfit newborns through 16-year-olds, making schoolyards everywhere the new street-style destination.

Something tells us the fashion legend’s godson (and Chanel catwalk frequenter), Hudson Kroenig, may have been the inspiration behind this idea. All that’s left for Karl to do is break into the kitty couture market. Choupette-inspired collars, anyone?

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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February 12, 2015

She may have just wrapped a Baz Luhrmann–directed Chanel No. 5 film, but Gisele Bündchen isn’t stopping there. She’s going for the whole campaign.

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The French luxury house released the full set of images for its Spring/Summer 2015 campaign, starring none other than the Brazilian supermodel. Shot in black and white, Gisele poses barefoot in front of recognizable Parisian spots like the city’s infamous “love lock” bridges and various locations overlooking the Seine River.

The images definitely evoke a romantic midnight-in-Paris vibe, but noticeably missing from the pictures? A handsome suitor (and a pair of coveted Chanel shoes).

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 31, 2014

As if Cara Delevingne isn’t already good at everything, now she can officially add “singer” to her résumé. Confirming reports that Cara was making music with Pharrell Williams, Chanel has just unveiled a teaser for its next short film, Reincarnation.

Meant to promote Chanel’s Métiers d’Art collection showing next month in Salzburg, Austria, the clip stars Cara and Pharrell as royal portraits come to life. Directed by Karl Lagerfeld, the two dance and sing to a Pharrell-original track called “CC the World” – obviously a nod to the label’s double-C logo.

Better yet, the film chronicles an important historical story: while vacationing in Salzburg in 1954, Coco Chanel found inspiration for the iconic Chanel jacket in a staff uniform worn by a hotel elevator attendant.

Alongside their Chanel movie debut, Cara and Pharrell will also star in an ad campaign for the Métiers d’Art collection, shot by (you guessed it) Karl Lagerfeld. The full film won’t be released on Chanel.com until December 1, the night before the collection is premiered. And I’m guessing Cara will have a starring role in that show, too.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 25, 2014

Kick off your morning right meow with a dose of cuteness, delivered by this iPad® video of Karl Lagerfeld’s celebrity cat Choupette. Things we’ve learned from her feature on The Coveteur? Like your average, non-fashion feline, Choupette is also captivated by shiny objects and tissue boxes. But unlike your cat, she has two personal nurses and a Shu Uemura makeup line, and she never meows (because Karl hates it).

Here’s hoping your Friday is as fabulous as Choupette’s everyday life.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 17, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld just might be the greatest fashion personality of today. If his fitting room selfie and namesake hotel didn’t convince you, his very own special edition newspaper, The Karl Daily, will.

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Intended to be a cheeky look into the fashion industry, the publication debuts September 20 in seven European Karl Lagerfeld stores. It will feature interviews with the designer and, of course, a few guest editor appearances from Karl’s own cat (and Internet legend) Choupette.

Readers will find the usual newspaper sections – think horoscopes, sports news, and weather updates – in addition to Karl’s personal observations and previews from his upcoming collections.

I can’t think of any other papers with a feline on the masthead, so I’m hoping Choupette might share some beauty (or rather, grooming) tips.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

It’s no shock that Louis Vuitton, part of the monogram elite, would craft an entire collection in honor of its beloved L.V. initials. For its “Celebrating Monogram” collaboration, the French fashion house tapped the creative genius of six influential designers, artists, and architects, including Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, and Frank Gehry. In 160 years of business, the LV pattern has catapulted to one of the world’s most recognizable brand logos – but this group was asked to reinterpret as they saw fit.

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September 11, 2014

The Kardashian clan is no stranger to a photo shoot. And now even the youngest member of the family, North, has dipped her tiny toes in the modeling pool. Featured in the fifth edition of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, Kimye’s daughter rocks head-to-toe Chanel in a spread titled Legends. A legend at just 13 months old? Well, according to Karl Lagerfeld’s accompanying quote, “It’s never too early to care about fashion!” From those glittering diamond studs to the mini 2.55 quilted bag, I’d say little North has a very fashionable future ahead.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 15, 2014

Barbie may be turning 55 this year, but her latest look – a white ponytail – could make you think she’s even older. No, Mattel isn’t releasing a "Granny Barbie." Rather, designer Karl Lagerfeld is collaborating with the toymaker to release a doll in his likeness this fall.

Karl is no stranger to non-fashion collaborations. You may recall his Diet Coke bottle designs from a few years back, and in 2017 he plans to open a hotel in Macau, China.

"Barbie Lagerfeld" will be part of the Collector Series, donning the designer’s signature getup: a black blazer, a white high-collared shirt, black skinny jeans, a necktie, sunglasses, booties, and, from the looks of the illustration, mini fingerless gloves. No word yet on when or where she will launch, but I’m sure countless collectors (and eBay resellers) will be at the ready to buy this petite version of Karl.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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