Marc Jacobs seemed pretty confident in his decision to leave Louis Vuitton in order focus on his namesake label — a decision he says he made the morning of his last runway show, which is a pretty ballsy move. In fact, confidence is something we’d expect the designer to have in spades, given his subversive collections and unconventional outfit choices.
Turns out he gets nervous about work, just like the rest of us: “Actually, I’m a little scared. I mean it wouldn’t be me if I sat here and pretended to be super confident about everything. There’s a kind of healthy fear that I have – it’s how I operate,” Jacobs told leather-daddy architect Peter Marino during their talk curated by The Architecture Foundation at the Tate Modern (from which Dazed Digital posted a few excerpts). “On a good day I believe it’s going to be amazing and on a bad day I think I need that other place to hide. But anyway, today I’m in a good place. I think it’s going to be great. I guess there’s a plus and minus to doing the Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton thing. I loved it and I’ve learnt a lot from living in Paris. I don’t know what the future will be and I’m just sort of like let’s see, let’s see how it goes.”
As for his Vuitton successor, former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere? He doesn’t have anything overwhelmingly positive or negative to say: “I’ve always admired Nicolas. You know, I’m curious to see what he’ll do you. I mean we have such different aesthetics.” He goes on to explain how he created ready-to-wear at Vuitton, perhaps suggesting the fact that all Ghesquiere has to go off, in terms of clothing, is Jacobs’s designs. “I’m just really glad that somebody who I really respect and admire and I think is a great talent is there. I’m just curious to see what he does.”
Finally, he reflects on the gig that started it all: his post at Perry Ellis and the grunge collection that got him fired. “I think, I bought a T-shirt or plaid flannel shirt on St. Marks Place in New York City for two dollars and we turned it into a two thousand dollar evening gown. So, I like the idea of elevating things that were everyday, in the now and were low-impact. Anyway I got fired after this collection! Hopefully it’s the best thing that ever happened to me, because LVMH came knocking and hired me to work for Louis Vuitton, where I’ve worked for the past 16 years.”
Obviously, Jacobs’s career has been, and will continue to be, an eventful one, and we can’t wait to see what comes of his forthcoming expansion and how his namesake line will evolve. Hopefully, we’ll get more weird Robert Duffy videos, at the very least.