Marc Jacobs makes many people feel many things — rabid adoration, eye-rolling exasperation, respect, and anxiety (his stampede-like shows are enough to give one heart palpitations). One thing that is undeniable, however, is his character: over the top, boyish, smoky-voiced, and totally, utterly New York.
In his nearly two-hour conversation with Mallis last night, Jacobs did an awful lot of storytelling (a testament to interviewer Fern Mallis). Gone was the pedestal of the hyperbolic, heel-wearing, headline-making rabble rouser, and in its place was Marc Jacobs, the New York-born-and-raised designer. The stories Mallis teased out — from how his grandmother used to tell the butcher that Jacobs was the next Calvin Klein or his near-stalkerish relationship to Perry Ellis or even his "inseparable" relationship with fellow Parsons grad Tracy Reese — served as a reminder that Marc Jacobs isn't just a great designer but a powerful figure in shaping the New York fashion environment.
A couple of Jacobs-worthy highlights: How a young, newly installed Anna Wintour was like "one of the...one people" that really loved his Perry Ellis grunge collection; "The French don't really like...anything," he says about his appointment as Louis Vuitton's creative director; his favorite tattoo is of a Jean-Michel Frank sofa that's on his hip; he met Victoria Beckham when she accidentally was spotted with a counterfeit LV bag...the quips are endless.
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