Marc Jacobs is in a candid mood this week.
On Monday, at WWD's CEO Summit, the designer opened up about being 'old news' to the tabloids, and feeling jaded about fashion (oh and disclosed when his new makeup line would come out). And on Wednesday, as the featured guest in the latest installment of Fern Mallis' 92Y Fashion Icons' series, Jacobs got real about his relationship with ex-fiance Lorenzo Martone, how he befriended Victoria Beckham, and why he really decided not to go to Dior.
There's been much speculation about why Jacobs turned down the coveted Dior job. Some reports had it that Jacobs was demanding too high a salary, while others said it had to do with the seismic shift that would occur if Jacobs had to step down from Louis Vuitton to fill the position. Turns out the reasons were far more personal than that.
According to WWD, Jacobs told Mallis that while he was flattered to be offered the job at Dior, he “never dreamed of being a couturier and thinks it would be a very difficult place to work.”
“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 has done--when am I going to live my life?”
In an age when designers face enormous amounts of pressure to deliver critically acclaimed collections season after season, as well as design collaborations and special projects, and do it all under the public's microscope--factors that some say lead to John Galliano's demise--it's no wonder Jacobs was worried. Happily, with Raf Simons now at Dior, it all worked out for the best anyway.
Jacobs was also surprisingly candid about his split from ex-fiance Lorenzo Martone: "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." He added that the two are best friends and that he and his boyfriend porn star Harry Louis are "in love." Aw.
As for another influential person in Jacobs's life--Victoria Beckham--the designer said that they struck up a friendship when, upon seeing Victoria on the cover of a magazine (which we're assuming was a tabloid) sporting a fake Louis Vuitton, Jacobs sent her the real thing. Sigh, he's like the fashion fairy godmother.
But Jacobs didn't have nice things to say about everyone. In fact the designer let off some steam when it came to fashion critics. "There are very few, and I don’t mean this in a bitchy way, journalists who I respect," he said. "I don’t think a lot of them know what they’re looking at."
"I don’t sometimes feel the criticism is valid," he continued. "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."
Hmm... we wonder if there'll be an open letter coming soon...