BRIEF ENCOUNTER: Contrary to popular opinion, Marc Jacobs didn’t cast the buxom swimsuit babes — Laetitia Casta, Alessandra Ambrosio, Elle Macpherson and others — on his fall Louis Vuitton runway as a commentary on fashion’s obsession with ultraskinny figures. “It wasn’t a statement on age and it wasn’t a statement about body type,” explained Jacobs at a talk at the French Institute Alliance Français (FIAF) Monday night. “[Stylist] Katie Grand and I already decided way before the collection began that we were going to use [these models]. The criteria was that they had to be available the day of the show and they had to be gorgeous.” Two hoped-for additions, Jacobs revealed, were Daria Werbowy and Isabeli Fontana; unfortunately, both were already booked for shoots.

As part of FIAF’s “Fashion Talks” series, which featured Tommy Hilfiger and Gilles Mendel earlier this year, Jacobs also recounted the different chapters of his career, from his days as a stock boy at the now-defunct Charivari boutique to his first Marc Jacobs runway show in the late Eighties, where guests included Gianni and Donatella Versace. He even turned the lens on his own dressing habits. Jacobs has his assistant, Casey, to thank for his current kilt obsession and, when asked by an audience member whether he was a boxers or briefs guy, the designer answered, without missing a beat, “Briefs.” — Venessa Lau

This story first appeared in the March 24, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

RETURN JOURNEY: It was Peter Lindbergh’s decision to return to Vogue after 18 years of shooting for Harper’s Bazaar. Lindbergh, who formerly worked for Vogue, had been lured to Harper’s Bazaar by the late Liz Tilberis, who arrived at Harper’s Bazaar in 1992.

Sources claimed it was the photographer’s decision not to renew his contract at Hearst. Whether that’s true or not, one thing is clear — he won’t have a contract at Vogue. A Vogue spokesman was unsure when Lindbergh’s work will begin appearing in the magazine. — Amy Wicks

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