Marc Jacobs sat down with T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s Stefano Tonchi, to discuss his work at Louis Vuitton and at his own company. On a more personal note, Jacobs said it’s true he is “very much in love” with Lorenzo Martone — they are getting married, buying a house together and would like to have children. But well-wishers should steer clear of any Marc Jacobs Facebook pages; they are all fake, according to the designer.
Jacobs said he brought a fresh set of eyes to his role at Vuitton.
“What are travel clothes today? People wear what they want to travel. And I don’t think there’s anything practical about traveling with a trunk,” he said. “Luxury travel is traveling with a toothbrush. That’s it, end of story. The people who really live really luxurious lives don’t need to pack. They’ve got stuff wherever they go.
“I only work to please one person, and that’s Mr. [Bernard] Arnault,” continued Jacobs. “He gave me the job, he wanted me there and he believed I could do it. When he’s pleased, I’m pleased and the only way he’s pleased is when we sell a lot of product.”
A big believer in Mainbocher’s idea that fashion is part of the art of living, Jacobs said his collections are more straightforward than some critics imagine them to be. “I think that we designers owe a lot of that to you journalists, because I’m not really sure that any of that is really going on in any of our heads. But you all write, you embody us with these brilliant thoughts, and I don’t know that they’re really there. I have a job to do. We have to choose colors and make some clothes and then we have to hope that women are going to go out and buy them.”
Asked to define his brand, Jacobs said, “I don’t know. I don’t want to rule the world or anything. I don’t want people to look like WASPs or to look like they came in from riding — I don’t care. That’s fine if somebody needs to invent an image and that’s their thing. But I only ever got into this because I wanted to make some clothes.…I don’t have this world view or this vision of how people should live, be. One doesn’t have to commit and sign themselves up for this lifestyle where their mugs in their kitchen have to match this aesthetic. I just don’t get that. One of the joys of independence and freedom is being able to change your mind and do what you want to do.”
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews