Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Marc Jacobs: Is there nothing you can’t do?

marc-jacobs.jpg

Fashion’s most daring multi-tasker talks about his latest career move

Words: Olivia Phillips, Photography: Juliane Werner for Stern/Picture Press/Eyevine

He might be about to turn 50, but Marc Jacobs, world-famous designer and creative director at Louis Vuitton, is more fearless than ever. As Diet Coke’s new creative head, he has appeared topless in their latest campaign and is now branching out into acting in a star-studded thriller. We sat down with Marc to talk comfort zones and what inspires him…

Your film debut as Harvey the pimp in Disconnect (out in the UK later this year) is quite a departure from the world of fashion. Is it creatively important to step out of your comfort zone?

It felt like going into a world where I didn’t speak the language – it was really uncomfortable. I think it’s a good exercise but it was never a dream of mine. I’m not a frustrated actor who became a designer because I couldn’t act – maybe that’s why it was so much fun. But it was the first and last time I’ll do it!

Will your on-screen wardrobe be influencing your future collections?

Everyone in my office has seen me in bras, dressed up for cabaret – all kinds of crazy get-ups – and they’ve never laughed. But seeing me in acid-wash dad jeans for my role in Disconnect? They thought it was hysterical. But Harvey was my character and he’s done. He provided no inspiration whatsoever.

You’ve used the Eighties and Nineties to inspire your redesign of the Diet Coke bottles – is there a period in history that particularly inspires you?

The Seventies – when I was growing up and became drawn to fashion. There was no Diet Coke then, though, it was Tab. My mother used to drink it.

The Nineties is back in a big way. Your grunge collection from Perry Ellis in 1992 is still referenced today. How do you feel about that?

Now it’s just style without substance. At the time, when we did grunge, there was a real reason, there was change – it felt substantial, like punk. Now people have mohawks and have no idea what the social significance was. So grunge has joined the ranks of punk in a way.

Even though it was a seminal collection, it was so ground-breaking it got you fired. Is it important to have a moment like that?

I never looked at the down side. It taught me that you have to trust your instincts and do what’s in your heart. I didn’t set out to be a rebel but there’s a kind of integrity there that’s much more rewarding than any kind of negativity. You sleep better at night when you do what you feel rather than doing something you think someone else might like.

Related

Nails_Purple.jpg

Spring/summer 2013 nails: how-to guide

inspiring-hero.jpg

Inspirational women of the 1990s

Comments

More

Eva Longoria and Victoria Beckham in secret wedding dress plot

Eva Longoria has revealed how Victoria Beckham designed her wedding dress for her (without anyone knowing) by Kayleigh Dray

22 Jul 2016

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

22 Jul 2016

New ‘orgasm’ fashion range sparks debate about female sexual pleasure

A female fashion designer has decided to get people talking about orgasm equality by Kayleigh Dray

21 Jul 2016

Chanel Iman opens up about making it in fashion as a black woman

“It was a struggle” by Harriet Hall

21 Jul 2016

The anti-engagement ring trend that’s encouraging women to ‘self love’

“We’re so happy that you’ve chosen yourself” by Kayleigh Dray

20 Jul 2016

Charting the style transformation of Olivia Palermo

Plus the sartorial rules she lives by

19 Jul 2016

Nike celebrates all body sizes with hit new sports bra advert

“Kudos for showing a real woman” by Sarah Biddlecombe

19 Jul 2016

50 chic workwear buys to keep you cool in the heat

What to wear to the office to beat the heat in style. by Hayley Spencer

18 Jul 2016

International cult fashion brands to flesh out your style repertoire

They all ship to the UK and they're Instagram-approved by Hayley Spencer

18 Jul 2016

21 of the best trousers and culottes for temperamental summer days

Bare legs can feel like a gamble in Britain. Luckily, summer trousers have never been cooler by Moya Crockett

14 Jul 2016