Honest Opinion : ” A House is Not a Home” :
written by Shanavier McLemore
Alana Zimmer at the Marc Jacobs S/S 2011 shoe in New York
Since the S/S 2012 show in Paris, there is plenty more gossip and chatter about the empty seat at the House of Dior. The rumor mill has kept the fashion community abuzz with wonder of whom will pick up where John Galliano so abruptly left off. With whispers of Alexander Wang, Erdem, Haider Ackermann, and a few others, one name has been the front runner of this entire ordeal. That is none other than Marc Jacobs. Presently the creative director at Louis Vuitton, Jacobs may have what it takes to move over to the French label, becoming the missing piece to the ongoing saga. He has become favorite to many with both eclectic and classic statement pieces at Louis Vuitton, despite the hate-love response of his labels Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs both seen in New York.
But, can he provide the familiar and timeless elegance that we’ve come to know from Dior? He has never done couture, which is a statement for the Parisian House, known for its undeniable elements of chic and bold designs. And, with a reputation for birthing trends as classic as the “New Look”, Dior commands a designer of the same wit and creative capacity. Does Marc Jacobs really have what it takes? According to critics of his recent S/S 2012 show in New York, he does. The beautifully tailored dresses and perfectly placed hemlines hint that he just might.
I’m still on the fence with this one. The industry will just have to wait and see who really makes this House a home.