26 September 2013

The Big Fashion Issue: What We Learnt From Susannah Frankel's Interview With Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs [Instagram and Jason Lloyd Evans]


Fashion mogul, catwalk maverick, pyjama lover, Marc Jacobs is a man of many monikers. And as he enters his 16th year at the top of the fashion game, he's fine with that. Here's what we learnt from Susannah Frankel's interview with the designer...

1. Marc loves attention...

‘I love attention, I really do. It always comes as a surprise to people when I say that. But I do.’

2. He wears his pyjamas to work...

‘Yes, I’ve been wearing pyjamas to work for the past three months,’ he confirms. ‘I wear a fur coat over them, and sandals. I’ve stopped wearing kilts and started wearing pyjamas.’ His delivery is deadpan, quintessential New York. 

3. Marc's life in Paris is like a fantasy...

‘I love Paris and New York equally,’ he says of the two places he calls home. ‘My Paris life is like a fantasy. New York life is a reality. I grew up in New York, all my old friends are there, it’s about going out to Studio 54, the Mudd Club. But I’m home in Paris, too. It’s kind of like this little pink bubble. It just never feels real – but in a good way. Every time I come back to Paris, every time I leave the office to go home, I look at Paris in the same way as I did the first time I came here. I marvel at its beauty.’

Marc Jacobs Spring Summer 2014 [Catwalking]

4. His boyfriend Harry Louis' Instagram 'really annoys' him...

His love of attention is tested by the blithely intrusive – and compulsive – Instagram feed courtesy of boyfriend Harry Louis, who captures his other half in bed with his laptop, maybe, on a Valentine’s date, up close and personal with the aforementioned four-legged friends. ‘Yeah, that’s his business but it really annoys me,’ Jacobs says. ‘He’s part of a younger generation. He gets so upset when there’s a negative comment and I’m just like, “Do you even know that person?” Or he says, “We had 3,000 likes in two seconds,” and I’m like, “From who? Who ARE these people?”’

5. His autumn/winter Louis Vuitton show was partly inspired by the breakdown of privacy...

‘It was about this girl behind the door,’ Jacobs explains. ‘People have become so exhibitionist in terms of posting pictures on Instagram and tweeting information about everything they do, and so voyeuristic. I thought it would be great to put the audience in the centre of the room and have them look out on to these doors as they opened and closed. It was that Rear Window, Hitchcock thing of looking in and seeing what goes on and then putting the story together for yourself.’

6. He wanted his Louis Vuitton show to have a heart...

‘We wanted this show to have a heart,’ is how Jacobs defines it. ‘It was about the idea of intimacy, and that led us to the discussion of negligées, peignoirs, pyjamas, things that are actually intimate apparel. Then we thought of the contrast to that: menswear. We cut men’s fabrics into robes, but to strip them of their masculinity, we threw them off the shoulder, or added feathers or sequins, or lined them in marabou so they became a sort of combination of a dressing gown and evening gown. I kept thinking about a classic or clichéd feeling of dressing up to stay in, the ultimate luxury of doing things for ourselves: “I did this for myself, I dress the way I like, not how you want me to.”’

Marc Jacobs [Jason Lloyd Evans]

7. Why he values exceptional craftsmanship...

‘It’s not about being vulgar in terms of how we can spend money,’ Jacobs says. ‘It really is about embracing these different artisans, and a lot of them are so rare, and that accounts for the cost. It’s like a diamond: the purest diamond doesn’t cost what it does for no reason. It’s because of its clarity, its flawlessness. When you talk about a double-faced cashmere that has to be cut with a razor, then hand finished... there aren’t many people in the world who can make those things, and the price reflects that.’

8. Marc doesn't feel the need to hide very much...

‘I’m very honest about how I feel,’ Jacobs says. ‘I don’t feel the need to hide very much. People gossip about me, and there are rumours that are true and others that are not true. I just feel it’s the way life is, and I must do something of interest for people to be so absorbed by the personal side. If they didn’t like the work, they wouldn’t care about me as a person.’

9. He never gets bored by his competitor Prada...

‘There is no other business I respect more, and there is no other designer for whom I feel such admiration. There’s nothing like the aesthetic Miuccia has created. Why would I hide my thoughts on that?’ With that in mind: ‘I love fashion. I don’t ever get bored by it. That’s instinctive, I think. And I’m really lucky to be able to work with such interesting people. It’s like, I don’t know, I just have such passion for all of this,’ Marc Jacobs says.

See Marc Jacob's Spring Summer 2014 collection in the gallery below...


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Eleonora Stone (Thu Sep 26 18:35:50 BST 2013): Marc Jacobs has been stealing my ideas for 5 years. He is a manipulator who wants to control everyone. He fooled me with love and kept me in psycho terror. Read the truth on: styleangelique blogspot com