Marc Jacobs is profiled by Jonathan Van Meter in the new Vogue. The designer says he hasn't spoken to his mother, Judy, or his two siblings, for more than two decades. The reason? They "don't get along very well." He also doesn't speak to his father — who used to be Joan Rivers' agent, isn't that interesting? — for the more prosaic reason that his father died when Marc was 6 years old. Jacobs tells Van Meter:
"I hate this idea that you have to love somebody because they are your family. Nobody can tell me what I'm supposed to feel and who I am supposed to feel it for. I don't blame them, I don't hate them, I just know that I don't feel love for them. That's all. And I am not going to make the call or try to stay in touch because society says, But it's your mother. Oedipus, Schmoedipus."
On the topic of his rumored move to Christian Dior — which now seems not to be happening — Jacobs says he never had ambitions to be a couturier.
"The idea of couture doesn't hold that thing for me. It's archaic — in my opinion. I mean, I am really interested in the craftsmanship behind couture. But I can explore all that in ready-to-wear. With couture, one dress each season is photographed by a couple of magazines; there's no advertising; it reaches 20 customers. I don't feel there is anything lacking in what we do. I get to work with these amazing craftsmen. Maybe not the same ateliers that would make a couture dress, but, again, we are not in a deficit for working with people who create beautiful things. I am not sure I ever looked at couture as this great opportunity."
Meanwhile, there's a rumor that Jacobs is dating a Brazilian porn star named Harry Louis. The two are pictured at left. [Made In Brazil]
Kate Moss was in a David Yurman campaign last year, in which she posed with tousled hair and "natural"-looking makeup and threw her head back a lot, and now she's in a campaign for some jewelry brand called Fred in which she poses with tousled hair and "natural"-looking makeup and throws her head back, and so David Yurman put out a press release alerting everyone to the "embarrassingly similar" campaigns. David Yurman is confident that its discerning and sophisticated customers can tell the differences between it and some brand called Fred, of course, but seriously, says David Yurman, OMGLOL@K8. In other news, David Yurman is that 8th grade queen bee who thought she invented, like, "eating a jelly donut" or "wearing a webbing belt" and passive-aggressively policed the donut-eating/belt-wearing of others, only David Yurman thinks it invented "taking pictures of supermodels wearing jewelry." LOL@DavidYurman. [P6]
Donna Karan issued a statement via a spokesperson about her spring ad campaign, which has proven controversial for its depiction of two Haitian men in the background, like props. "It is well known that Donna has been deeply involved in supporting and bringing awareness to Haiti since the earthquake," reads the statement. "Through her personal experiences there, Haiti was a natural inspiration for the Spring 2012 collection. The intent of the ad campaign is to celebrate the culture and creativity of the people of Haiti." Does the intention matter, or the execution? Are Donna Karan's charitable efforts relevant to her depiction of Haiti in these ads? Given that we live in a world in which Haitian poverty and $2,000 dresses both exist, is it somehow wrong to place them side-by-side in a photograph? So many questions here. [Fashionista]
This gold gown is one of ten that Rodarte made specially for a Fra Angelico show at LACMA. [LAWeekly]
Givenchy's spring campaign is "the expression of a love story between a surfer and a mermaid," with Gisele Bündchen, Mariacarla Boscono, and big, black surfboards. [WWD]
Here is an ad for Iris Apfel's upcoming M.A.C. collection. It's really striking to see a woman in a cosmetics campaign who isn't 19 years old. [Racked]
Balmainia still Reigns in Spain, Claims Harper's Bazaar. [FGR]
- Pearl Lowe hopes her youngest daughter, Betty, does not want to become a model like her sister, Daisy. "I hope she doesn't follow in Daisy's footsteps if I'm being honest, there's a lot of pressure in modelling and unknowns. I want her to do something else like be a doctor or a lawyer. I just want her to have a kind of secure job, though in our family that rarely happens." [Telegraph]
- Ralph Rucci finds the Kardashians' krossover success konfusing. "When I entered the profession, collections were made by professionals making clothes," says the designer. "Today, lending the name just for People magazine readers is the norm, and I hope it passes us quickly." But he himself would rather like to try his hand at what made Kim famous. "I would do [a sex tape]. It's clearly an easy way to make a fortune. But only if I choose the other participant — or participants." [WWD]
- Women's Wear Daily made sure to call Real Housewife Adrienne Maloof a "self-described businesswoman" in this profile. Snort. [WWD]
- In 1969, Elizabeth Taylor's Lhasa apso ate the La Peregrina pearl in a Vegas hotel suite. But Liz made the dog spit it out. [P6]
- Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin say their work is all about fashion's codes.
"What we play with a lot in our fashion work is the language of fashion, and for us that's such an inspiration. It's a universal code of fashion in which people are able to communicate without words. All of us know that a Rolex watch means something very different from an Hermès watch, for instance. There's all these codes that have to do with status, with aspiration, with who you want to be, what music you listened to in your teenage years when you were forming your identity. All of those elements come into play. And it's usually, for us — together with the editor, model, hair and makeup people — making this combination of elements talk through clothes, hair, and makeup."
- Diesel's creative director, Bruno Collin, is out at the company after less than a year. Collin founded the French magazine WAD, which we know and love. [WWD]
- Time is bringing back the Style & Design issue supplement it suspended in 2009. [DFR]
- Alice Dellal is, as rumored, going to be a face of a Chanel handbag campaign. It'll be out in March. Dellal is famous for having a half-shaved head. [WWD]
- Roger Vivier is launching a children's line. Shoes for your 7-year-old will set you back €240. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with casting director Natalie Joos. Natalie, which models are you most proud of having "discovered"?
"I would say I didn't really discover anyone but I have my eye on the right girls who end up doing well eventually. I remember putting Kasia Struss in Tsumori Chisato show in her first season. She made it big the following season. We did the same with Suvi [Koponen]. I booked Marte Mei Van Haaster on the first day of London Fashion Week. I believe that was her first show ever. I didn't discover Anais Poulliot [sic] but I have supported her from the beginning. I shot her for my blog with Adam Lippes last year. I booked An Oost in her first ad campaign with [Craig] McDean. I placed Josefien Rodermans in my top thirty new faces for V Magazine last year and she went on the book an exclusive for Calvin Klein this season (her first season). I can claim that little act of visionary clairvoyance. And I am responsible for Delfine Bafort's comeback."
So, basically everyone, then. [Exposed Zippers]