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Marc Jacobs Talks Fear, Vuitton, and Respect

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'Marc Jacobs and Peter MarinoLast night in London, Marc Jacobs and his pal and collaborator, the legendary, leather-clad interior architect Peter Marino (you know, the Mohawked character who’s designed stores for everyone from Chanel to Louis Vuitton), sat down for a candid discussion at the Tate Modern. Topics ranged from Marino’s latest art acquisition (a Christopher Wool, whose retrospective is currently on view at the Guggenheim) to Jacobs’ final Louis Vuitton set (“I didn’t know what to do, so we did it all in black,” he said). Jacobs somewhat surprisingly revealed that even superstar designers get scared—especially when it comes to taking their companies public, as he is in the process of doing. “[It's] a healthy fear,” he offered. “I don’t know where it’s all going to go. I learned a lot from working for Vuitton.” And how does Jacobs feel about his successor at the storied French house? “He is a brilliant designer, and he’ll do something completely different. I’ve always admired Nicolas [Ghesquière]. I’m curious to see what he’ll do. We have such different aesthetics. Things need to change. I’m really glad someone I respect and admire and think is a really great talent is there.”

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