Designer Bite Back. Marc Jacobs on the Defensive. Second City Style Fashion Blog

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September 13, 2007 • Fashion


Yes, Marc Jacobs’ show Monday started two hours late, but funny, I have not heard anyone really complain about it. Why? It was good. According to today’s WWD, after reading industry comments about their show’s
late start in WWD on Wednesday and the rumor that while his guests sat waiting for his show to begin, the recently out of rehab Marc Jacobs was in the
Mercer Hotel restaurant or bar (depending upon the version)…Marc bit back.

"I know that Marc didn’t leave the showroom until 8 [on Monday night],"
Mark Duffy, president of Marc Jacobs International, said. "He called me up and said, ‘I have to go back home [the
Mercer Hotel] and take a shower.’ He was [at the Armory] at 8:30 for
the rehearsal. So when all these people started calling me and telling
me he was at the bar at the Mercer at 9:30 or 10, that’s ridiculous. I
was with him."

"That is bullshit! That is bullshit!" Jacobs retorted.
"I was at the f—ing office until the last fitting was over. I came
back to the hotel — I hadn’t been here in three days! I hadn’t showered
in three days! I slept on the couch in my office for 20 minutes three
nights in a row — anyone at my office will tell you that. I live in this hotel. I hadn’t been
there — ask the reception at the hotel. When they saw me on Monday,
they were like, ‘We haven’t seen you in days.’ My boyfriend was downstairs having dinner. I
wasn’t. I was at the rehearsal, I was at the office until the last
minute. I took 20 minutes to shower and shave — I stank like a raccoon!
I could not go to the show like that."


The notoriously late starts of Jacobs’ shows have become something of
an industry legend. Though apologetic, Jacobs and Duffy noted the difficulties in
staging three New York shows in short order — Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc
Jacobs and men’s Marc by Marc Jacobs.

"Everybody talks about these families they
have to go home to. I mean, every person who works in every factory in
Italy, and every person who works in our sample room, they didn’t see
their families for six weeks so that we could do this show two weeks
early. So I’m really appalled that people have absolutely no perception
of what it takes to do things. And when we complain about the show
schedule our voice is not heard, nobody does anything about it, the
CFDA does me absolutely no service whatsoever as an American fashion

Jacobs said he is seriously considering taking his Marc Jacobs show to
London or Paris. "I don’t really feel a part of the American fashion
community," he said. "I really feel like an outsider, I think we all
do, and we feel unloved here, so we want to go somewhere else."

"We really do want to be a part of this community," Duffy continued.
"We really don’t want to inconvenience anybody. We’re sorry. It wasn’t
intentional, it wasn’t a ‘f–k you’ or anything other than we were
trying to do the best work for these people."

Jacobs has long
had a rocky relationship with the CFDA and the spring dates are among
the issues that have rekindled the antagonism. When asked about
Jacobs’ delay, Suzy Menkes told WWD, "I would like to murder him with my
bare hands and never see another Marc Jacobs show in my entire life,"
and in Wednesday’s International Herald Tribune she delivered a
scathing review in which she referred to the collection as "a freak’s
costume party."

Geez, stay home if you can’t take the heat.

Read the whole story at  WWD

Photo: WireImage

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