Maybe it was the post-show high that all designers get, maybe it was the heat in the venue, maybe it was the excitement of having a gigantic working carousel in the middle of the room, but Marc Jacobs was so elated after his inventive presentation for Louis Vuitton yesterday that he didn’t even have time to mention what everyone in fashion wants to know: is he leaving Vuitton for Dior?
Jacobs talked to a group of reporters yesterday after Kate Moss closed his show, beaming like a schoolboy who’d just passed a spelling quiz. After years of hard work, Jacobs is happy that he’s finally creating a viable brand — his clothes even show up in Vuitton stores all over the world, which have traditionally been focused on selling leather goods. Jacobs, almost tearfully, became a very proud papa for a few seconds:
It’s really, really something that I feel really proud of. I’m very grateful to the team — We’ve all worked really hard and we’ve all done a lot to get this going to where it is now. And we’re starting to see the results.
Starting. Just starting. Remember, it was only in 1997 that Jacobs started designing clothing for Vuitton, which before then had never produced anything but fancy bags and luggage. He’s just hitting his stride. And now he’s faced with the prospect of giving up the creation of something that is entirely him, or leaving to go and direct the world’s most beloved fashion house, where his clothes will never not be compared to those of the men who designed for Christian Dior name before him. And Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano are exceedingly tough acts to follow, to say nothing of Dior himself.
Ever since people started suggesting that Jacobs would go to Dior, the general consensus has been not only that Jacobs is the best person for the job, but that the job is the best thing for him to do at this stage of his career. No one wants to acknowledge that Vuitton could be a great place for him to stay and to grow. And we’re happy to see that if no one else is entertaining this idea, at least Jacobs is aware of it.