Marc Jacobs Disses Young Designers; Says Young Designers Have ‘Style But No Substance’

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An image of Marc Jacob at this Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear Runway Show

American fashion designer Marc Jacobs is not a fan of “young designers”. He doesn’t seem too pleased with what they have to offer, according to his recent interview with Suzy Menkes for British Vogue.

I look at young fashion and it seems like it’s all the same — the idea of what is edgy or cool. It’s style with no substance; it doesn’t really seem born of anything. I don’t see the rebellion or edge in it. It just looks like a cliché: salad oil in the hair, Frankenstein shoes and the trappings of punk and all these other things.”

I just hope that somebody — like a younger person — will have that energy and power,” Jacobs adds. “Or maybe there is nothing going on that has inspired that. But it doesn’t seem like ‘the street’ or that idea of cool is new. That’s why I became interested in someone who found an allure in the past, but was curious about the future. That’s how I got into this whole Vreeland thing,” he concluded, referring to the iconic editrix’s influence on his fall  2015 collection.

And for the record, social media doesn’t appeal to MJ:  “I am so appalled by the whole social media thing,” he says. “I don’t get it, it doesn’t appeal to me, neither does a computer, or working on a laptop. I don’t want to read a book on a device. I like a book with a hard cover, and text on a piece of paper. I like magazines. I don’t care if I carry around 100lbs of magazines, I’d rather do that than look at them on the internet. I am just not of that generation. I get it the allure of it, but it just doesn’t appeal to me.”

Photos Credit: Gianni Pucci/

Source: NYMag

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