For months after bespoke pirate John Galliano was ousted from Dior over anti-Semitic slurs, the fashion world was on the tips of their very high stilettos to see who would take over. Rumors swirled that Marc Jacobs was in the running, but nothing ever came of it. Now, the tattooed New Yorker is revealing why.
In a profile in January’s issue of Vogue, Jacobs first confirms the whispers saying:
“I am at Vuitton, and I am very happy there. I’ve been saying that for a long time. There have been on-and-off conversations about Dior. I don’t know; maybe someday in the future, maybe years from now, I may end up going someplace else, maybe Dior. But right now I am at Vuitton, and all that matters to me is that that’s where I am and I’m going to keep doing my thing.”
He then continues, undermining couture:
“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.”
Could this mean that instead of the deal never materializing he actually said no? At any rate, it looks like he’ll be staying at Vuitton for a while. New speculation puts Raf Simons close to signing a deal with Dior.