Marc Jacobs Doesn’t ‘Mean This in a Bitchy Way’

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On Wednesday night, Marc Jacobs sat down with Fern Mallis for a Q&A at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, where he discussed a range of topics, all in a non-bitchy manner, WWD writes. He reminisced about finding his footing at Louis Vuitton fifteen years ago, for example, saying, "I don't know if I won [everyone] over but I guess I won because none of them are there anymore. I'm not a bitch or anything like that but things happen, you know ... those people who were not for me have moved to new places."

Moving on to critics, Jacobs told Mallis, "There are very few, and I don't mean this in a bitchy way, journalists who I respect. I don't think a lot of them know what they're looking at. I don't sometimes feel the criticism is valid. I'm fine with constructive criticism but I'm not so good with stupidity."

Some of his other tenderhearted statements:

• On the Dior job: "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?"

• "I love attention ... Maybe my desire for attention is a little too out of control, but I'm very honest. I love attention."

• "I wouldn't say I'm 100 percent sober. What I'm saying is perfection is not my deal. Yeah, maybe I have had a glass of wine or a couple of whiskeys. Maybe I've smoked a joint or something like that. Or other things, but I'm mostly sober."

If non-bitchy Marc is this amusing, what's bitchy Marc like?