WWD editor Bridget Foley is on Team Marc. She's always been, she writes in today's paper, "a major Marc fan," going on to explain her love for him is tempered, as fashion love can only be in certain circles:
I’m a bigger fan of my daughter, but when she was six and asked if she was the best hoofer in Ms. McNamara’s Irish step-dancing class, I told her no, in fact quite the opposite. I surely wouldn’t have thought her Riverdance chorine material.
Ooh, is Riverdance class like the new fencing lessons? Anyway, Bridget thinks Marc Jacobs is perfect for Dior, which her paper reported as not an unlikely possibility yesterday.
Foley makes a number of good points about Marc: He knows how to run major brands, and sell everything from clothes to perfume to accessories. If he made Louis Vuitton accessories as hot as he did through collaborations like the one with artist Takashi Murakami, imagine what he could do for Dior accessories, which don't feel so hip. His fashion shows — very significant marketing opportunities for houses like Dior especially — "are among the handful that get the insider audience excited in advance," Foley adds. She believes he would make good use of the couture atelier, having put out increasingly "hand-worked" collections for Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton over the seasons.
When he received the CFDA's lifetime achievement award this season, Marc expressed ambivalence about the accolade. "It should have been a half-lifetime award," he told the Times, which went on, in the same story, to wonder what his signature as a designer was anyway, and if he's even still that cool. Going to Dior could prove him right — that his career has hardly spanned a lifetime — and make those detractors look like simple contrarians, more than anything. Maybe Marc's signature can be Dior.