This year’s Met Gala, which celebrated the exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” featured plenty of full-throated tributes to designer Karl Lagerfeld. But perhaps none felt as instantly eye-catching and memorable as when a guest walked on the red carpet in a giant furry suit made to resemble Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette. The look, completely obscured the identity of the wearer, almost like a costumed character at a theme park or Times Square. It immediately made many ask, “Who is that?”
The answer: Jared Leto. Not that much of a surprise, as he’s a noted Met Gala stunt-maker. In the past, the risk-taking actor showed up carrying a replica of his own head and majorly twinned with former Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele. This time around, Leto decided to pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld’s famous Birman cat, Choupette, who lived quite the lavish life of private jets and iPads.
It was not the only Choupette homage of the night. Doja Cat staged her own feline moment, albeit in a very different way. The pop star turned to high-fashion makeup and prosthetics for her transformation, meowing her way throughout the night. Lil Nas X also attended in full silver paint and beaded whiskers.
The night is far from over. Who knows, maybe there are more Choupettes en route. There’s plenty of room, since the real Choupette announced on Instagram that she would not be attending.
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