Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them. There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company. I always say: To be well dressed you must be well naked. Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them. I never like to think that I design for a particular person. I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be, and – to some degree – the woman I’m still a little piece of.
I love things that age well – things that don’t date, that stand the test of time and that become living examples of the absolute best. Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good. I don’t like trends. They tend to make everybody look the same. You have to be luxurious nude. It’s difficult to move in the nude in front of a mirror. It’s much easier to move when you’re dressed. But if you can walk around in the nude easily in front of your man, if you can be luxurious in the nude, then you’ve really got it. The important thing is to take your time and not get stressed.
Attention to detail is of utmost importance when you want to look good.
My learning process is by eye alone; it’s not at all scientific. My aim is to make the poor look rich and the rich look poor. I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes. I have my permanent muses and my muses of the moment. Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way.
Insecurity is a waste of time. Fashion fosters cliches of beauty, but I want to tear them apart. I have an obsession with details and pattern. The important thing is to take your time and not get stressed. I love a black wedding dress.
Go to a place where you’re not going to be stressed, because a honeymoon itself can be a stressful thing. I have my favourite fashion decade, yes, yes, yes: ’60s. It was a sort of little revolution; the clothes were amazing but not too exaggerated. I never like to think that I design for a particular person. I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be, and – to some degree – the woman I’m still a little piece of. In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish. My job is to bring out in people what they wouldn’t dare do themselves.
Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution. Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them. I remember walking the dog one day, I saw a car full of teenage girls, and one of them rolled down the window and yelled, ‘Marc Jacobs!’ in a French accent. I didn’t want to be a fashion designer, and for a good half of my career I didn’t like it. I always wanted to do other things. I want to thank all the women who have worn my clothes, the famous and the unknown, who have been so faithful to me and given me so much joy.
I am what I am. Before I was not so proud to make fashion. My family thought fashion wasn’t very interesting. So I hid that. You’re only as good as your last collection, which is an enormous pressure. I have an obsession with details and pattern. I am especially grateful that I have been able to keep my own style over the decades, in spite of the many changes that have taken place in the world of fashion and in its business. I love you if you love me.