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Though the Marc Jacobs name may seem ubiquitous these days, at yesterday’s Times Talks session entitled “Designer Leader,” Jacobs told T Magazine editor Stefano Tonchi that he never sought to become synonymous with a specific lifestyle—particularly a manufactured one. “I only ever got into this because I wanted to make some clothes,” Jacobs said. “I don’t have this worldview, this vision of how people live.” But lately, the designer explained, the living’s been good. For one, he was recently engaged to Lorenzo Martone (Jacobs said “definitely no white” for the wedding), and for another, he’s been enjoying life at a less frenetic pace. Mornings now essentially proceed at his leisure. “I like this ritual of being in the bathroom, using skincare products…choosing what skirt to wear.” The kilted host of this evening’s Costume Institute Gala also talked models and muses. “I’m not trying to seek the U.N,” Jacobs said of his runway casting. But, “I love a variety of girls.” One thing he didn’t initially love? His new job at Louis Vuitton, back in the late 1990′s. “I was a nervous wreck,” Jacobs said of his early tenure. Commercial success put an end to that. Speaking of Vuitton, he admitted, “I don’t think there’s anything practical about traveling with a trunk. I think it’s luxurious to travel with just a toothbrush.”
Is fashion finding religion? For starters, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana play priests in the upcoming musical film Nine. As for the Fall runways, the models at Todd Lynn’s show carried rosary beads and walked to chants; there were cassock coats at Giambattista Valli; and the headgear at Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Fendi recalled medieval wimples. A photo of Grace Jones in a draped hood by Azzedine Alaïa influenced the severe geometry of Bruno Pieters’ collection. “Hers was soft and draped. I wanted to do mine in a constructed way,” the designer explains. “Nuns were not an inspiration—more the result, I think.” Do you say hallelujah or good riddance and amen to the trend? Click for a slideshow and let us know.
It’s no secret that I’m a major fan of Dasha Zhukova, the Moscow-born, California-raised beauty who has founded a museum, launched a fashion label, and was recently named the new editor of Pop—all before the age of 28. Here in Moscow, I’ve met another Russian stunner who’s a master at multitasking (and, like Zhukova, has a closet full of Balmain). Meet Aizel Trudel. The daughter of a Russian diplomat, Trudel grew up all over the world and developed an obsession with fashion that she’s put to good use: She now operates a collection of stores in Moscow, including two Louboutin shops, two Diane von Furstenberg stores, the Marc Jacobs boutique and another for Marc by Marc, a J. Mendel location, and five Aizel stores of her own, which were the first to stock the likes of Proenza Schouler and Balmain in Russia. And it looks like that’s just the beginning.
How did you get into the fashion business?
I was the head of PR and advertising for a company here in Moscow that worked with Donna Karan, Christian Lacroix, Thierry Mugler, and a slew of other brands, but when I turned 25 I wanted a change. A few years ago my friend Santiago Gonzalez and I went to a party at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, and as I was going down the escalator I saw Christian Louboutin with Diane von Furstenberg going up the other way. I realized that was my chance to meet him, so I ran up the escalator to catch him and started shouting “Christian!” That was the start of our great friendship and business relationship. It was a fruitful meeting because it introduced me to DVF as well.
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The eighties, in all their body-con, big-shouldered splendor, were the biggest trend to emerge from the Fall shows. At Lakmé fashion week, Sabyasachi, one of India’s best-known designers, who shows in New York during the Spring collections, was on to a related scent. Taking an unexpected approach to references, he sent out an eye-popping mash-up of rustic Indian looks mixed with Like a Virgin-era tulle and netting accents. Call him the Marc Jacobs of the subcontinent.