A couple of months ago the fashion world began to buzz with the news that designer Marc Jacobs was leaving Louis Vuitton after 16 years at the helm of the French fashion house. Since his initial appointment as Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton in 1997 Marc Jacobs has always provided the fantasy of what a catwalk show should be, while sparking a trend or fifty, breaking boundaries not only in how he’s chosen to adorn himself, but also for his uncanny knack for making a memorable advert, many of which have become about as famous as the collections themselves.
Having left to focus on his namesake label as well as the recently launched Marc Jacobs Beauty, it was during a lecture and conversation with architect Peter Marino at London's Tate Modern on Thursday night, that Jacobs revealed that not only had he not planned for the spring/summer '14 Louis Vuitton show to be his last but, in fact, he's a little scared by the change.
'Actually, I’m a little scared,' he said. 'I mean it wouldn’t be me if I sat here and pretended to be super confident about everything. There’s a kind of healthy fear that I have – it’s how I operate... On a good day I believe it’s going to be amazing and on a bad day I think I need that other place to hide. But anyway, today I’m in a good place. I think it’s going to be great. I guess there’s a plus and minus to doing the Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton thing. I loved it and I’ve learnt a lot from living in Paris. I don’t know what the future will be and I’m just sort of like let’s see, let’s see how it goes.'
That said, it's not for fear of the future of Louis Vuitton. 'He is a brilliant designer,' Jacobs said, of his successor Nicolas Ghesquière, who previously helmed Balenciaga as Creative Director. 'He'll do something completely different,' he continued. 'I've always admired Nicolas. I'm curious to see what he'll do. We have such different aesthetics. Things need to change. I'm really glad someone I respect and admire and think is a really great talent is there.'
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