Marc Jacobs: Backlash to the BacklashEver since designer Marc Jacobs came back from rehab all tanned and buff, some reporters think that he has been “acting out” (clearly said reporters took a one-semester class in child psychology freshman year). There was his infamous Fashion Week show this fall, which was delayed for two hours, followed by infamous verbal fisticuffs with the International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes, followed by the hot nudie pictures in Out and Arena Hommes Plus and the blue — sorry “navy” — hair. A concerned Eric Wilson of the Times sat down with him to find out what it was all about:
“In the most basic way I can say it,” he said, relighting a cigarette, “coming from a psychological place, what I love more than anything is attention. That is about as honest of a statement that I could possibly make. I want a reaction, because I want the attention.”
It’s not that we didn’t already know that. It’s just that, well, for him to just come out and say it makes this whole year of drama just … lovable.
Loving and Hating Marc Jacobs [NYT]
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Marc Jacobs and Suzy Menkes End Feud by Exchanging Valentines
You know how we were all psyched that Marc Jacobs and Suzy Menkes’s feud was going to become an epic fashion battle to the death? Well, apparently, like all exciting trends, it’s fizzled out as quickly as it flared up. At the Louis Vuitton show in Paris this weekend, Jacobs (who artistically directs the luxury brand’s clothing and accessories) left Menkes a T-shirt on her assigned seat, tied up with a lovely bow, reports Fashion Week Daily. The shirt showed a drawing of Menkes and Jacobs together, and though reporters couldn’t see the writing on it, Jacobs smilingly called it “a love letter.” Menkes, in return, wrote a cautiously warm review of the LV show in her International Herald Tribune column. “The clothes were colorful, if chaotic,” she explains. “[They] took what the music business would describe as ‘samplings’ of existing pieces, putting them randomly together, often to fine effect.” Doesn’t sound too fawning to you? Compared to her coverage of the Marc Jacobs show in New York, which she called “a freak’s costume party,” we’d say this easily qualifies as her version of a love letter.
Chic Report: Suzy and Marc Make Up With a Love Letter! [Fashion Week Daily]
Earlier: Cranky Fashionistas Hungry for Blood
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Marc Jacobs Turns on American FashionMarc Jacobs goes bananas in Women’s Wear Daily today, threatening to leave the country, berating the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and excoriating anyone who complained about his Monday fashion show beginning two hours late. “I don’t really feel a part of the American fashion community,” he spat to WWD editor Bridget Foley. “I really feel like an outsider, I think we all do, and we feel unloved here, so we want to go somewhere else.”