Marc Jacobs on Diamonds, Dogs and Studio 54


This story originally appeared in i-D’s Out Of The Blue publish, no. 366, Winter 2021. Order your copy here.

What do Marc Jacobs and Audrey Hepburn have in common? Well they both look great in strings of pearls. But, to fashion enthusiasts and pop culture experts alike, both represent an iconoclastic take on New York City. Marc Jacobs, the man and the brand, is the Statue of Liberty of fashion. Earlier this year, the designer staged a return to the catwalks – after a few seasons of downtime during the pandemic – with a collection of covered and puffy silhouettes, shown at the New York Public Library (another big landmark) .

But increasingly, as followers of her Instagram will have noticed, it’s her jewelry that often takes center stage in her personal style. Whether it is his personalized grillz or his feminine pearl strings, Marc Jacobs is leading a sparkling revolution of men in jewelry, unheard of since the days of Renaissance gentlemen and maharajas. dripping diamonds. But despite the serious bling, he still has his signature sense of humor (the man has a SpongeBob tattoo, for screaming out loud).

Marc is wearing a SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO coat. High Jewelry necklace in platinum with diamonds and earring with platinum diamonds TIFFANY & CO.

What is your most precious piece of jewelry, apart from your wedding ring?
Well, it’s probably that Andrew Grima watch from the 60s.

Why is this so special for you?
I remember I was at Louis Vuitton, and Mrs. Prada had this Andrew Grima watch and I fell in love with it. I tried to find her and became friends with her family – his wife and daughter – and they managed to find me the exact same watch. I was just on the moon and this is the most special room I have.

Are you sentimental when it comes to jewelry?
I mean, I have diamond earrings that I bought when I was in rehab for the first time. And these are very special to me because of when I received them. And recently, you know, I had two Grillz made and these are also my favorite jewelry at the moment.

Are they comfortable to wear? Can you eat in it?
You cannot eat with them. But it’s funny because the first one got me in some trouble. I really wanted this Tiffany blue and gold with diamonds, and some of the individual teeth were Tiffany blue. Gaby Elan, who wrote the article, called it that on her Instagram post, but Tiffany reached out to say you can’t call her that. The second one is really special – it’s gold with diamonds and black onyx – I wanted to make it look like I had a chipped front tooth, you know. I sketched it out and they executed it really beautifully. I wanted this nice version of bad teeth.

Why Tiffany Blue?
I like classic and iconic things, and I like to play by taking them out of context.

Portrait of the dog Neville by Marc Jacobs wearing a diamond necklace

Neville wears a High Jewelry platinum necklace with diamonds TIFFANY & CO.

Have you ever had lunch at Tiffany’s?
There is no such thing! But I love the story behind it. Do you know the story of how Truman Capote coined the phrase? So I believe the story goes that when the sailors landed in New York, all the gays were really excited, because the sailors were young and handsome and drunk. So he takes a sailor – this sailor was a bit dumb – and after a night of sex he says in the morning: “What do you want to do? The sailor doesn’t know New York, he’s not sophisticated or anything. He has no idea and the only stylish thing he can think of is Tiffany. So he said, “Well, I’d like to have breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

What’s your idea of ​​the perfect date with your husband, Char?
Well, on a typical night he usually cooks dinner, and then it has a nice fire, and we sit by the fire with the dogs and we watch a movie.

Are there any that you watch over and over again?
Any kind of Bob Fosse movie like Sweet charity, you know, where Cabaret. I would say that Cabaret is probably the movie that I have seen the most.

What do you like about Bob Fosse?
He’s someone I really admire, his precision and his vision. I would have liked to be able to meet him, talk to him about his difficulties at work. I identify with him a lot, although we are completely different, I identify with him in terms of the process and in this desire for a certain stylized outcome.

What song keeps you going?
“There, but for the grace of God, I’m going” by Machine. When I went out dancing, I mean, really early on, I was sixteen or seventeen and going to Studio 54. When that song came up, I was going completely crazy. I continue, to this day, like even in the bathroom when I’m in a really good mood and taking a shower and I’m really horny, I’m going to play this on my phone.

What was it really like to be at Studio 54?
The thing is, I think when people hear about it or watch a movie about it or whatever, there’s the feeling of ‘Oh, my God, that would’ve been amazing to ‘being there, all the celebrities, all the glamor, all the crazy kind of characters. And that’s exactly what it was. It was a real door scene, it was so difficult to enter. So when you walked in you were going to have the brightest time and it never disappointed. The music, the glamor, the decadence. He really delivered it all, you know?

Where do you go to get your hair down now?
My bathroom.

Do you have a favorite story related to jewelry?
Yes! I never remember who the two women were, but I think it was Sarah Bernhard, the famous actress in Paris – not Sandra Bernhard – and there was this other woman and they were really competitive. They were going to a ball or something, and so one of them decided that to outdo the other, she would wear her entire jewelry collection, which she did. And then the other showed up with a black dress, no jewelry, and his maid was wearing all her jewelry. So she outdid the others by wearing none. I like this.


With thanks to Tiffany & Co.

Photography Mario Sorrenti
Fashion Alastair McKimm

Photograph by Marc Jacobs

Bob Hair Recine
Kanako Takase make-up at Streeters with Addiction Beauty
Nail technician Honey at the NY show using Chanel
Photography assistance Kotaro Kawashima and Brett Ross
Digital operator Chad Meyer
Fashion Aid Madison Matusich, Milton Dixon III and Casey Conrad
Martin Keehn suit
Kazuhide Katahira hair aid
Aimi Osada makeup aid
Production Katie Fash, Layla Néméjanki and Steve Sutton
Production assistance William Cipos
Casting director Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING

Photograph by Neville Jacobs

Photography assistance Kotaro Kawashima and Brett Ross
Digital operator Johnny Vicari
Fashion Aid Madison Matusich, Milton Dixon III and Casey Conrad
Martin Keehn suit
Production Katie Fash, Steve Sutton and Layla Néméjanki
Production assistance William Cipos
Casting director Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING


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