As fashion week approaches, get ready for a stronger and perhaps fiercer Marc Jacobs.Not that the sometimes mercurial designer is angry. In fact, he appears happy and more confident. How that will be relayed into his collection remains to be seen, but it definitely piques one's interest."Some people think I've lost my mind," Jacobs said during a sit-down dinner party for some 400 people to celebrate the Marc by Marc Jacobs opening on North Damen Avenue in Chicago. "But I feel good. I feel very strong."Not just physically — in the sense that he's often up at 6 a.m. for a 30-minute run on the treadmill and adheres to a strict diet of avoiding white flour, sugar and dairy following a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis — but in the sense of himself, as well."In the past, I've been very quiet," he said. "Now I'm just being very honest. I don't know if people are ready for that."Jacobs is. After the controversy surrounding the two-hour delay of his September show, the designer makes no excuses. "I've learned over the years to first please myself," he said, "because you can't please everyone."Now he takes pleasure in doing a little shopping and appreciating his healthier, fit appearance. In his earlier, heavier days, "I didn't like shopping," he said. "After years and years of just working, you forget about indulging one's self."On this night, he shows a penchant for diamonds, wearing three sizeable diamond studs in one ear, a single hefty one in the other, along with an almost tennis bracelet-like diamond necklace around his neck. "I enjoy how I look," he added.Not that his life is without its stresses: His recently dyed blue hair requires weekly upkeep, he's preparing for fashion week on the heels of the Paris shows and, in the meantime, he's growing his retail presence.The company currently operates 21 Marc by Marc Jacobs stores, with at least four new international locations set for this year, and runs 23 Marc Jacobs Collection boutiques, with five new Collection stores slated to open this year.The retail part he leaves mostly to Robert Duffy, president of Marc Jacobs. "We have a mutual trust for each other," he said. "If he's opening a store in Turkey, I'm not wondering what that is."Jacobs admits, however, that the pressure to create a spectacular collection is acute. "It's more painful for me than it ever was," he said. "But I'm happiest when I'm working. If I wanted the easy life, I'd make tablecloths or napkins. They never change."
“I design by visualization. I see things, and most of the time they’re not practical to actually make, and what I’ve found here, it’s like anything’s possible. This is the first time that I’ve made a sole unit in two months. That process usually would take six, so here’s a difference,” said @virgilabloh of the first sneaker sample he created for @louisvuitton, pictured here. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim
“I genuinely fell in love with water, I fell in love with Fiji, I fell in love with the whole life that we lived for those few months,” says @mrsamclaflin of filming for his new movie “Adrift” with @shailenewoodley. The 31-year-old actor spoke with WWD about his upcoming projects, meeting Jamie Dornan and working with co-star Woodley. #wwdeye (📷: @jamstoker)
3 years ago, fans of the late singer Aaliyah started calling for a collaboration with @maccosmetics. With the strength of social media — including mock ups of products — 25,000 people signed a Change.org petition for a limited-edition collection, and MAC couldn’t ignore the buzz. Tomorrow, MAC will unveil MAC x Aaliyah, a tribute to the singer who passed away nearly 17 years ago. Head to our stories to preview the new collection, which was worked on by Aaliyah’s family and inspired directly by her makeup bag. #wwdbeauty
Artistic director @clarewaightkeller will be dedicating @givenchyofficial’s fall 2018 couture show in Paris on July 1 to house founder Hubert de Givenchy, who passed away in March at age 91. Givenchy said the collection would be “an homage to his iconic creations, technique, and personal lexicon” and a “celebration of his timeless elegance and grace.” Head to WWD.com to read more. #wwdfashion (📷: Delphine Achard)
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
Uurasjarvi succeeds Somsack Sikhounmuong, who left the company last September. Tap the link in bio for the full report. #wwdnews
“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” breakout star Maddie Hasson tells WWD of her styling sessions Molly Dickson. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses.” Read more about Hasson’s role in @impulseseries on wwd.com. (📸: @jgreenery ) #wwdeye
@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)