This coming Monday, Marc Jacobs will be honored with the CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Bridget Foley from WWD sat down with the designer for a frank and meaty interview, in which he was not afraid to speak his mind--from what he thinks of fashion critics to Bieber’s suspiciously familiar perfume bottle.
The 48-year-old designer, much like Michael Kors (who received the Lifetime Achievement award last year), is not ready to mail it in, and wants us to know that he still has a lot up his sleeve. Thank goodness. Here are some of the best excerpts from the interview:
On receiving a Lifetime Achievement award: “Lifetime Achievement seems quite final to me. I [prefer to look at it] as an ‘In-the-Process-of Award.'”
On Bieber’s perfume bottle, which looks suspiciously like the Lola bottle: “Coty said, ‘Do we sue them?’ and I said, ‘You know what? Let everyone else say what they want.’ We’re not going to do anything about it.”
On aging: “I just turned 48 but I don’t feel 48. I still feel like a young person but I really see the difference in the work.”
On who the best designers are: “I think the greatest contributors to fashion are women. Chanel, Vionnet. I think Vivienne Westwood: I think Miuccia Prada; Schiaparelli, Rei Kawakubo.”
On Alexander Wang: “I think Alexander Wang is really good.” [When asked about what he likes about Wang’s work]: “I don’t know it really well but I know people wear it and I hear people talk about it all the time.”
On Proenza Schouler: “And Jack and Lazaro, I think they’re really mature in what they’re doing. I’m not going into whether I like it personally, that's not what I’m talking about because we all have different taste.”
On his favorite show ever: "My favorite of all time will be grunge."
On Vuitton being a masculine brand and a future fragrance for the house: "...it is brown and gold. That does not stop women from carrying it, but it impacts the look of boutique and the clothes...There's no Vuitton Beaute. At this moment, there is no fragrance although we're working on that."
On fashion journalists: "I have no problem going on record with this and probably have gone on record with this before, there aren't that many people who I respect. There just aren't. I think journalists have the right to their opinions but I think their opinions should be based on history and what they see, to what they feel, how long they've been waiting or whether it's raining or it's snowing or whatever."
We're looking forward to another lifetime of achievement from Marc and offer him tons of warm wishes during this career milestone.