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International Herald Tribune Writer Suzy Menkes Comes to San Francisco and Reveals Her Disapproval For Revivals and Marc Jacobs

Suzy Menkes Disapproves of Revivals and Marc Jacobs

When we heard International Herald Tribune fashion writer Suzy Menkes was going to speak at the Academy of Art University San Francisco, we decided we must get ourselves there, even though technically we're not students. But really — isn't one always a student of fashion? I think so . . . We really wanted to get to know Ms. 32,000-words-per-year Suzy in a more personal way. Not only did we make small talk (she reads Fab!), we discovered her sense of humor and grew more impressed with her every word. During the discussion, Suzy touched on the green movement, luxury, Karl Lagerfeld, and reminisced about the past. More to come on those, but first I want to share her thoughts about fashion revivals and Marc Jacobs.

On the subject of referencing other designers or the past, Suzy said she's "tired of revivals." For example, she has no aesthetic problem with big shoulders — a la Balmain — but to her they're forced because they don't stand for anything like they did in the past, when women donned big shoulders to let men know that they were shoulder to shoulder with them. To make matters juicier, Suzy was forthright about her disapproval of Marc Jacobs when he created an entire collection based on a 1991 Bruce Weber photograph. Ouch, but we all know Suzy and Marc are no strangers to quarrels. Do you agree with her that revivals are lame or is she being overly critical?

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lightpollution lightpollution 8 years
I love Marc Jacobs and revivals are just a part of fashion. Its largely cyclical.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
This is so cool Fab! I love Suzy too.
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
I agree with Suzy; genrally I haven't loved Marc's work in a long time. Ick to that tacky Louis Vuitton pattern thing that I suddenly saw evertwhere. I also agree with Suzy about revivals... I mean the clothes look fine but they don't really excite me. Where is that special designer who is going to take a genius risk and start to define the fashion of the future?
db849 db849 8 years
I agree with Suzy about the revivals- some things are better off dead in the past. As far as Marc...I still like some of his stuff, but now it's kind of like- "oh okay, let's throw whatever we find on this handbag and see if it works". I'm not a fan of some of his new stuff. But, hey- it seems to working for him. :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
New or old Marc I love him just the same.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I cannot stand Marc Jacobs. I used to love him when he was geeky and stayed behind the scenes and designed gorgeous feminine clothing. Now he's all about his body and his boyfriends, and his designs are hideous. There hasn't been a collection of his that I have liked in years.
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