To think: only seven short months ago Marc Jacobs‘ name was still being bandied about as a possible replacement for John Galliano at Christian Dior. Now, of course, Raf Simons is firmly settled into the role with two collections under his belt and Jacobs is busy riding up and down escalators with his troupe of models at Louis Vuitton, but under different circumstances, the Marc/Dior pairing may have actually come to pass.
Robert Duffy, the president of Jacobs’ company and the designer’s longtime business partner, told Port magazine that he vouched for Marc’s ability to take on the job, but that discussions with Dior stirred up some trouble in paradise:
“We went through a lot of stuff back and forth when they wanted Marc to do Dior and, I mean, he was asked but said no…I was asked if I thought he could do it, and I said ‘yes’. It was really complicated because he didn’t really want to do it and they [Dior] were really happy with the choice that they made, so everything came out great. Marc really wanted to stay at Louis Vuitton and I just want him to do whatever makes him happy, and that was all that I was saying to him all along.”
But Jacobs was still upset at Duffy:
“I think that he felt that because when I was asked if I thought that he was capable of doing that and I said ‘yes’, he thought that meant I wanted him to do it, and that’s not what I meant at all, but we straightened it all out in the end and it worked out just fine. But, I know it sounds so silly now, we had a big fight over it.”
No sillier than any of the other fights we’ve borne witness to recently, we bet.