301 posts tagged "Marc Jacobs"
You know Mike Mills. If not the man himself, then surely you know his work: Perhaps it was the lips-and-cherries print he made for Marc Jacobs that caught your eye, or his What They Bought photo exhibit at Colette. Maybe you own a copy of the Air LP Moon Safari, whose sleeve Mills designed, or maybe there’s an X-Girl T-shirt with a Mills illustration lurking in the back of your closet. If you saw Thumbsucker, starring Tilda Swinton, you know Mike Mills—he directed the film. If you’ve enjoyed music videos made by Sofia Coppola, or Patrick Daughters, or Shynola, you know Mike Mills, because he co-founded the Directors Bureau, the company that produces their work. And if you happened to be driving around Hollywood in 2007 and saw a wild animal staring at you, uncannily, from on high, then you know Mike Mills, because he’s the guy who mounted the billboard. All of which is to say, even the most casual culture consumer will have had the chance to encounter a Mike Mills creation at some point in the last 15-odd years. His work is only slightly less prevalent than his influence. Now, much of his output has been collected in the book Mike Mills: Graphics Films (D.A.P.). Co-edited by Mills and Aaron Rose (Beautiful Losers) and published this February, the volume does yeoman’s work condensing Mills’ adventures through many kinds of media into a story of one journey through certain obsessive themes—love of music, alienation, adolescence, flags. All of this and more will be up for discussion tonight at the Hammer Museum in L.A., where Mills is to be interviewed by Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy as part of Los Angeles Art Weekend. In the meantime, Mills gives Style.com a sneak peek into his headspace.
The fact that you’re going to be interviewed by the Rodarte girls makes intuitive sense to me. On the other hand, it really makes no sense at all. How did you wind up on this bill together?
I kind of like that you think it’s a little off. I don’t actually know Kate or Laura that well—I mean, I mostly know them socially, and I’ve always had great conversations with them, so I guess I figured it would be more interesting to have them conduct the interview than any of the usual suspects. They’re super-smart, they both studied art…I don’t know, there’s not much more to it than that. Unless it’s some kind of midlife crisis thing. That’s always possible.
First Thom Browne floated the idea of the male ankle as erogenous zone. Then Marc Jacobs took to wearing leg-revealing skorts. “I was just recently fascinated by the whole men-in-skirts controversy of the nineties,” the designer has said. “I got one and I started wearing it and it made me happy, so I bought more. And now I just can’t stop wearing them.” Perez Hilton followed, er, suit, showing up to his birthday party in a utilikilt, and last night at the Dressed to Kilt party in New York, funny man Mike Myers got his plaid on. What are your real feelings on men in kilts? Are you embracing the trend because you heart Marc? Tell us really, does a man in a skirt make you want to dance a jig, or send you running for the highlands?
The announcement that landed in our inbox last night almost felt like a personal message: “Marc Jacobs Engaged.” (Does this mean we’re on the guest list? What should we wear?) We’re pretty thrilled for the lovey-dovey twosome. Jacobs seems happy, is at the top of his sartorial game, and remains insanely punctual. Additional bonus: No one has any unfortunate I’m-obsessed
that-is-unstable tattoos (ahem, Jason Preston). Did we mention Martone’s a dish? And employed? Give us your love horoscope, Style Filers. Is Marc forever off the market?