Ever his jovial self, fashion designer Marc Jacobs, for the second time this week, answered questions at 92Y in New York.
Here’s the low down from WWD,
‘I have no regrets about anything – nope’, said the designer, touching upon personal and somber topics such as losing his father at 32, falling out of touch with both his siblings and checking into rehab and of the more lighthearted case of his 33 (and counting) tattoos and career moves.
Speaking of taking up the hole left by John Galliano at Christian Dior, Jacobs explained that whilst he was flattered he ‘never dreamed of being a couturier and thinks it would be a very difficult place to work.” He went on to explain that ” It was actually my psychiatrist who said, ‘How is this going to improve the quality of your life?’ and I said, ‘It’s not.’ I mean two more shows – and after Galliano, what he had done – when am I going to live my life?”
Putting paid to rumours about his private life, Jacobs said, “I love attention. . . Maybe my desire for attention is a little too out of control, but I’m very honest. I love attention.”
And talking of his cancelled engagement to partner Lorenzo Martone, explained, that the two are now best friends and there’s no bad blood, “He asked me to marry him and then he broke up with me. Everybody thinks I’m the bad guy, but he just changed his mind.” Jacobs meanwhile has a new man in his life, Harry Louis, whom he is in love with.
On his friendship with Victoria Beckham, Jacobs explained that after seeing her on a magazine cover carrying a fake Louis Vuitton, he sent her the the genuine article and their relationship blossomed from there.
He also talked plainly about winning over his critics at Louis Vuitton, “I don’t know if I won them all over but I guess I won because none of them are there anymore. I’m not a bitch or anything like that but things happen, you know. I have been there 15 years. I don’t know if I’ll be there another 15 or another five days, but those people who were not for me have moved to new places.”
And it’s not just critics of his work that Jacobs felt the need to vent about, but those who continually tackle his personal life, ” “Yeah, I’m a human being. I get hurt, too. There are very few, and I don’t mean this in a bitchy way, journalists who I respect. I don’t think a lot of them know what they’re looking at. I don’t sometimes feel the criticism is valid. I’m fine with constructive criticism but I’m not so good with stupidity. It’s one thing to say ‘I like or I don’t like’ but to misread or mislabel something or to be out of sorts because it was raining, or a late show or you were hungry. That just all feels not valid.”
That said, Jacobs added he is not as insecure as he once was, but “I look over my shoulder and I always think somebody is doing it better.”
But just to ensure he is always keeping an eye on himself, Jacobs has the word “Perfect” tattooed on his right wrist. “That comes from, ‘I am a perfect being in a perfect world where everything that happens benefits me completely.’ That is something that I learned in rehab. I thought it was a very good way of letting go and saying, ‘Things may not go the way I want them to but I’m happy with things and everything is where it is supposed to be.”