MARC HIS WORDS: Watch your back, Karl Lagerfeld. Marc Jacobs, who is the subject of a profile in this week’s New York magazine, tells writer Amy Larocca that heading up design for Chanel “would be the scariest job in the world to get, but it would also be the coup de grâce. I’d be scared to death and thrilled, but it’s the only thing I’d love to do other than what I’m doing now” as creative director of Louis Vuitton. Not that he views it as an immediate prospect: “Karl’s the perfect person for the job, and he’s not going anywhere, but if there’s anything that tickles me behind the ear every once in awhile, that’s it.”
Jacobs also offers some possible insight into why “sexy” is not a word that frequently crops up in reviews of his clothes. “Curiosity about sex is much more interesting to me than domination. Like, Britney [Spears] and Paris [Hilton] and Pamela [Anderson] might be someone’s definition of sexy, but they’re not mine. My clothes are not hot. Never. Never.”
In his personal life, too, it sounds like Jacobs is less interested in titillation than in finding someone to play house with. “I’m not looking to hook up with someone for a wild time out anymore…. There are nights when I can’t sleep. I go into a fantasyland and tableau sort of thinking, like, tonight would be the perfect night to say, ‘Honey, I’m really tired and worried about work. And tell me about your day.’ Do you think someone will read this and try to get in touch with me?”
— Jeff Bercovici
PRECOCIOUS BLOGGER: The blog world is not exactly a fount of maturity, but a blog by a four-year-old? Get ready for the fictional blog of Maddox Jolie. Written from the point of view of the adopted son of Angelina, AutoMaddox, or automaddox.blogspot.com, begins, “Once upon a time, there was a little boy living in a refugee camp. Then, a princess came and took the boy to her castle in England….” In the blogger’s online profile, stats such as astrological sign (Leo), location (Buckinghamshire, England) and occupation (painter) are listed next to a photo of Maddox dressed in whites splattered with red — presumably finger — paint.
“Ange told me we might be getting another one. I’m not so sure if that’s good,” reads one entry posted shortly after Angelina adopted her second child, Zahara Marley Jolie. “Maddox” continues: “Zahara and Ange have been sleeping together a lot, and Hero [his nickname for Brad Pitt] usually sleeps in a tent outside and prays and talks to himself and builds fires and draws pictures of houses.”
E-mails to the anonymous author went unanswered as of press time, as did a call to the publisher of Blogger, the site’s host. But what does it say about the culture when, thanks to the bombardment of Pitt/Jolie coverage on magazine covers, in newspapers and on television, someone actually feels compelled to give the omnipresent but silent Maddox a voice? Not to mention one portraying the kid leading a somewhat normal life, in spite of the media melee.
From a recent post: “The Ocean House is fun. Ange told me we will be staying here at least six whole months! That means I’ll be 4 1/2 when we even start looking to go. I’m hungry! I’m going to make a mud pie now.”
— Sara James
JUST LIKE SCOTUS: Not even the denizens of 4 Times Square can ignore the way Us Weekly and its ilk have hijacked popular culture. In its September issue, on sale nationally beginning Tuesday, GQ spoofs the weeklies’ fondness for catching celebrities behaving like regular civilians with a two-page parody titled “Supreme Court Justices: They’re Just Like Us!” The spread purports to show Stephen Breyer tripping on Ecstasy, John Paul Stevens sporting rump-baring chaps, and — in somewhat poorer taste — William Rehnquist digging his own grave.
The layout reproduces the look of Us with eerie accuracy, down to the hand-drawn arrows and floating pink hearts. Credit for that goes to designer Thomas Alberty and photo researcher Monica Bradley. “The tough part about this assignment in some respects was the photo research, because Supreme Court justices are not terribly well-photographed individuals,” said Jason Gay, the GQ articles editor who wrote the text. “We don’t have tons of pictures of them exiting Starbucks or walking down the Santa Monica pier.” Gay admitted to finding Us “totally fascinating and a blast to read,” but would not cop to having a favorite weekly. “I’m going to be a weenie diplomat and say I enjoy them all.”
The September issue also marks creative director Jim Moore‘s 25th anniversary at the magazine. A special edition of the issue, numbering 10,000 copies, contains a 10-page retrospective of the Moore era and 80 pages of advertising, including personal tributes from the likes of Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace and John Varvatos.
JUICY LOVES TIMES SQUARE: Juicy Couture says it loves New York, and a host of other things, on a billboard in Times Square that is expected to be unveiled today.
The billboard, facing west on 44th Street and Broadway, features five shots of the actress/musician Taryn Manning, current star of the hip-hop flick “Hustle & Flow.” Manning, dressed in looks from the Juicy Couture fall-holiday collection, is flanked by a handful of shaggy-haired, male hipsters wearing looks from the Juicy Couture men’s fall-holiday line. The shots were taken by Los Angeles-based photographer Melodie McDaniel.
A ticker tape runs across the billboard spewing random phrases such as, “Juicy Loves New York,” “Juicy Loves Men’s Vogue,” “Juicy Loves the CFDA” and “Juicy Loves Jen,” making clear who the brand supports in the ongoing Angelina Jolie versus Jennifer Aniston debate.
Images from the billboard will also run in the September issue of the British men’s magazine Arena.
— Lauren DeCarlo