I'm sure by now y'all know about my undying love for one Mr. Marc Jacobs, so you can imagine my excitement when I received an email from Times Talks letting me know Marc would be their next guest. I quickly snatched a ticket and began counting down the days. I got to the venue early and snatched the perfect sit on the first row, right in front of Marc. While waiting for the shenanigans to start, I spotted Suzy Menkes in the VIP area, sitting next to Lorenzo, Marc's fiancee. Suzy is adorable and I wanted to talk to her, but couldn't think of anything smart to say, so I just gawked like an idiot.
Finally, the lights dimmed, and after the requisite introductions Marc came out clad in what has now become his signature; crisp white shirt, red plaid skirt and of course, combat boots. Now, I have to come clear about something; generally, after attending one of these things I am left with a surplus of sort of technical information. My notes are usully full of questions and answers, precise facts and quotes, but this time, my notes were mostly things like "Loves energy!" and "journalists make everything magicl!". I left with a better sense of who Marc is as a person, which was a sort of sweet, unexpected surprise. I am not sure if this was a result of the way the interview was carried out or perhaps its just my view of him through slightly rose-colored glasses.
Marc describes himself, above all, as a visual person (not surprise there), but the twist comes in the way that he takes the visual stimulation and translates it into a feeling, a spirit that ends up infusing his collections. A spirit that is, undoubtedly, his secret signature and the common thread that unites the wildly different and imaginative ideas each season. He attributes much of his success to still having a sense of wonderment, which I think is intricately connected to the fact that he has SUCH genuine love for fashion. So much so, that at the end of the night, when someone asked him what other profession he'd have if the whole fashion thing didn't work out, and he said he has no idea, because he's never wanted to be anything else, it was believable and even kind of endearing. But even through such wide-eyed optimism, his pragmatic, realist side shines though, and weirdly enough, it's that trait that brings the no-holds-barred GET DRESSED attitude to his clothes. He designs from a mix of his heart and instinct and that's why often his clothes have vintage elements, because he "can't turn off" his brain and all the past information stored there. His process is constantly evolving and ideas keep inspiring other ideas. I think this open-ended way of working shows a real commitment to pushing things forward and an absolute trust in your ideas.
After an hour and a half it was time to go back to reality and I have to say I was a little bummed out. He was so funny and real and unpretentious and is so incredibly smart about the business (his thoughts on what the Louis Vuitton brand is about: it's not really about traveling luxuriously, because traveling with trunks isn't particularly desirable. The real luxurious way of traveling is with just a toothbrush because you have belongings wherever you go. LV is about people wanting to belong to a aclub and showing it through the monogram). Did I fall a bit more in love with him? Absolutely. Marc is the designer that makes the most appearances in my closet by far, and when I was younger I wanted nothing more than to wear Marc Jacobs all the time. I was definitely reminded why on Sunday night, and it was awesome.
Ps. I know he doesn't look like that anymore, but that's just how I always remember him. I had this picture up on the wall in my dorm freshman year.