Marc Jacobs unveiled his Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 collection in Paris Wednesday. But -- oops -- the designer name on everyone’s lips at the show was Christian Dior.
Jacobs has been rumored to be in the running – perhaps the top runner – to replace Dior designer John Galliano, who was fired shortly after video of his use of ethnic slurs aimed at two women in a Paris bar surfaced earlier this year.
According to one Paris-based fashion insider at the show, “Marc Jacob’s Louis Vuitton show felt like a test run for Dior and it certainly proved he could handle the resurrection of the prestigious but beleaguered French House. It was as if Marc was raising his hand and saying, ‘Pick me, pick me!”
The other name on everyone’s lips was Kate Moss. The still supermodel made her first runway appearance since getting married earlier this year. Also in the audience, actress Olivia Wilde, celeb/stylist Rachel Zoe, Nicole Ritchie and husband Joel Madden and actress Uma Thurman.
According to our source at the show, the collection was beautiful, white, pastel, feminine, and youthful. Lots of laser-cut embossed leathers, silk chambray in pastels, leather motorcycle jackets worn with swimsuits and beautifully beaded spring dresses.
The show seating was tiered, like in a circus, and there was a huge white tent that when lifted, revealed a white carousel already turning. Jacobs told reporters that the carousel, a metaphor for fashion, was also a sight he regularly enjoys in the Tuileries Gardens every spring.
As the carousel slowly turned, one model at a time (there were approximately 48) got off and walked around once, then left the stage.
One observer noted another difference between Jacob’s low key magical show and Galliano’s over-the-top costumey extravanganzas. “At the end, Marc Jacob came out on the runway for ten seconds, took ten steps and went backstage. It was nothing like the huge ego parade of John Galliano gallivanting on the runway after his shows.”
But Jacobs's lips were zipped about a possible future move to Dior. “This is a Louis Vuitton show. I work for Louis Vuitton,” he told People backstage. Yeah, for now.