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Marc Jacobs Isn't Impressed by Young Designers

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The legendary designer says they have "style with no substance."

You know the whole grunge, street style-inspired look that has dominated the runways over the past few years? Well, Marc Jacobs is so over it. 

The 51-year-old designer told Suzy Menkes of British Vogue that young designers in particular are lacking original ideas, stating that they have "style with no substance." Jacobs continued, "I look at young fashion and it seems like it's all the same — the idea of what is edgy or cool. It's style with no substance. It doesn't really seem born of anything. I don't see the rebellion or edge in it. It just looks like a cliche: salad oil in the hair, Frankenstein shoes, and the trappings of punk and all these other things."

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Though some of his own collections surely fit the "punk," street-inspired mold (particularly his androgynous, militaristic spring 2015 collection), it's the ability to constantly uncover something new and fresh or do "an about face from one season to the next," that Jacobs considers important for the new crop of designers. "I just hope that somebody — like a younger person — will have that energy and power," he said. "Or maybe there is nothing going on that has inspired that. But it doesn't seem like 'the street' or that idea of cool is new."

Also on the list of things of which Jacobs disapproves of is social media, laptops, even — gasp — the Internet. "I am so appalled by the whole social media thing," he told Menkes. "I don't get it, it doesn't appeal to me. Neither does a computer, or working on a laptop." 

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Next thing you know, the designer, who turns 52 on April 9, will be asking kids to turn down the music and reminiscing about the good old days.

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