Marc Jacobs didn’t say much following his Louis Vuitton swan song during Paris Fashion Week. So, naturally, we’ve been waiting to hear him speak out about his bittersweet goodbye from the storied French fashion house, as well as what taking his eponymous brand to the next level entails. In a Q&A with WWD’s Bridget Foley, he revealed all of this and more — with that signature poetic candor of his, of course. Here are some of our favorite excerpts.
On his emotional investment in Louis Vuitton:
I have this attitude about being this foreigner in Paris. It’s sort of make believe in Paris. New York is very real to me—it’s where I grew up, it’s where my friends are, it’s where I feel most comfortable. In Paris, I embraced the idea that I lived in this bubble and I always saw Paris the way I wanted it to be…I don’t need to know about politics, I don’t need to know about the economy. I just see what I want to see. I live in this beautiful home on the park that overlooks the Eiffel Tower. I go to work…I make beautiful stuff and then somebody else decides what’s being made, what’s being shipped. There isn’t tension. I saw just what I liked, not having the same emotional attachment to it.
On appreciating women designers:
Throughout history, the best designers and the ones who have made the biggest difference and the longest-lasting difference in fashion are women. Miuccia Prada, Rei Kawakubo, Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, Madame Grès, Chanel, Westwood. I remember years ago, Saint Laurent was talking about how he wanted to create a style because that’s what Chanel did. That’s what lasts. Not to create a fashion. A fashion is a trend.
On buying fashion:
Need isn’t the reason for buying fashion. It’s want, desire.
On the red carpet phenomenan:
It doesn’t seem quite that way anymore. Accessories may drive the business, but they’re no longer the press darling. The red-carpet thing became this thing. It’s all evening dresses and borrowed jewelry. When did red carpet overpower It bags? It bags were the red carpet before the red carpet.… You want to know what Madonna’s new record is, but you also want to know who is going to be the new Madonna. We want new music from the people we love, but we also want new music.
On his betrothal to fashion:
Absolutely. I have highs and lows, emotional ones, and I have days where I just think, “I can’t do this, I don’t want to do this.” But it’s all over the next day. I think that’s the creative ebb and flow. It’s so passionate, to go through that kind of torment, that kind of love. I certainly don’t mind the paycheck, but I don’t do it for that. I love going to work, I love making choices even when they’re difficult, even when it seems like they’re impossible. I’m not a frustrated musician. I don’t want to be an actor. I love fashion. It’s what I’ve always loved; it’s my form of self-expression.
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