Dreaming of Marc Jacobs. Unlimited cash: who would be your dream designer?

By Anna | September 21 2012 | 29 Comments

You might not guess it to look at me right now, seeing as I’m currently wearing slippers, skinny Gap jeans, a t-shirt with a pirate ship on it, and an American Apparel hoodie (hey, I work from home), but I really love beautiful clothes.

I know the fashion industry has multiple faults, not least its focus on a very specific, very young and very thin vision of womanhood, but there’s still a part of me that picks up the high fashion magazines not to read them (there’s very little to read) but just to gaze at beautiful photographs of gorgeously made garments.

But when I do this, it’s just for the aesthetic thrill, not to plan my new wardrobe. Because, alas, as I am certainly not rich, the closest I ever come to purchasing the wares of the big fashion houses is the odd Chanel lipstick or Dior eyeshadow. But if money (and ethics – I can’t morally justify spending hundreds of euro on a single item of clothing) was no object, I know exactly who I want to dress me forever: Marc Jacobs.

I just love him.

I’ve loved him ever since his infamous spring/summer 1993 “grunge” collection for Perry Ellis, which brought stripey tees, Docs and checked skirts to the runway. I love his elegantly eccentric frocks and imaginative use of prints. I love the more extravagant stuff he designs for Louis Vuitton – all of his current collections, seemingly inspired by the fashions of the 1910s with a bit of ’70s glam thrown in, are particularly gorgeous.

However,although I could maybe justify buying something from his diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs if I saved up and then completely threw caution to the winds (you can get a jumper for a couple of hundred quid), I must accept that my dream of being dressed head to toe by Marc Jacobs every day will just have to remain a dream, and I will continue to get my boring old clothes from the high street.

Unless Marc is reading this and feels like bestowing something on a humble Irish journalist. I’ll take last season’s stuff, Marc! I’m not fussy!

So what about you? Do you ever pine after the productions of the big fashion houses, or are you happy to ignore it altogether and just focus on whatever the high street offers?

And if you could buy a new wardrobe without thinking of money or any ethical considerations, where would you shop?

pics from Marc Jacobs SS13 Ready To Wear collections

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29 Replies to "Dreaming of Marc Jacobs. Unlimited cash: who would be your dream designer?"

  • *Aisling* says:

    Armani, Prada, Vivienne Westwood… god there’s so much gorgeousness. Marc Jacobs would also be topping the list!

    I tried on an Armani leather jacket once, it cost a squillin quid and I KNEW, I KNEW I was just setting myself up for heartbreak. WHy did I torture myself by trying it on – it was perfect

    And I was devo. I cried for a week because I couldn’t have it

  • *Aisling* says:

    Mmmm also Moschino

  • Aoife says:

    While I dont have an unlimited budget, my eyes are bigger than my wallet so I do own a couple of designer handbags – all of which are the results of saving like a demon/ vouchers/ presents. I literally saved €20 week in cash until I could pay for my Marc by Marc Hillier Hobo. But I treasure it!

    I literally couldnt imagine affording designer clothes – I’d be shirtless with all the saving I’d need to do! Penneys clothes with a fabulous handbag for me!

  • thefrog says:

    At the risk of sounding so cliché (being French and all), Chanel and YSL. I don’t like Lagarfeld as a man, but the clothes he creates… No idea who designs now for YSL but there is a timelessness about the clothes that I really love.

  • ArtDonatella says:

    Ah listen, I’m gonna be tempered and say I would leave designers aside and with unlimited cash I would only wear/shop Zara, my weakness brand, but I would have to have all stock with no exceptions! *day dreams*

  • ShuGal says:

    I don’t think I could pick one designer but could I pick a wardrobe? That would have to be the Gossip Girl wardrobe. The ladies always look beautiful, I love to see what Eric Daman has done & then copy the look on a high street budget (Penneys usualy!)

  • J’adore Marc Jacobs, but if I had to choose just one, regardless of what I’d be doing in her stunning creations, it would have to Elie Saab.

    So much fancy.

  • Sundaygirl says:

    If money was no issue it would be Chanel all the way,I have a serious case of champagne taste and lemonade money!I love Marc Jacobs too though and saved and bought myself a hillier hobo which I have used so much!I’m more of a bag lady though, you can use them forever so even if they are spendy you get the use of them!

  • Juniper says:

    Chanel all the way for me – I am very very lucky enough to own a few pieces and I can safely say they are timeless – funnily enough, had a Chanel skirt on with a silk (like) shirt from Penney’s the other day, you can mix and match its all a matter of personal style.

  • Another vote for Chanel. But I also love Marc Jacobs and have been eyeing up one of his Marc by Marc Jacobs jumpers. ALMOST affordable.

  • le smurf says:

    Oooh another one for the Elie Saab here Cherrysue! Luff luff luff the fancy sparkly dresses! Would probably look ridic in one but anyways!

    Also Emma – if it’s the grey jumper from your blog post the other day – GET IT!! Luffly!

  • Lisa says:

    My fantasy wardrobe would involve a lot of Marc Jacobs too, though also Miu Miu, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood (her coats and jackets are beeeeeyoooooootiful). Have a couple of bits by all of the above but would love unlimited funds to get more.

    Oh, and love Alexander McQueen but would also need to have fantasy body transplant, any McQueen stuff I’ve tried on doesn’t fit my giant ribcage even if it’s in my size. *sulks* And being pregnant my current day to day wardrobe is rather more, er, tent-like.

  • Christina says:

    Have to agree with Cherry Sue – Elie Saab is the designer of my dreams. I am constantly amazed as to how he can come up with such breathtakingly beautiful dresses, again and again and again. What must it be like to wear one of his dresses – even if only for one night!

    And while I’m not normally one to go gaga over wedding gowns, this one is so incredibly beautiful I couldn’t stop looking at it:


  • sweetie says:

    I’d have to go for Lanvin, Bottega Veneta and Ellie Saab. Brands like IRO, Maje, Sandro and Zadig&Voltaire for ‘dressing down’. I’d also have an extensive Hermes handbags and Gucci jewelry collections :D (You can tell I gave it a good thought, can’t you?)

  • sevda says:

    I own a Vivienne Westwood coat from the red label. It was €750 and I it for €600. My heart was in my mouth buying it 4 or 5 years ago. I still love it so was so worth the money.

    I also love McQueen but not the skulls and a bit prada.

    I know I’ll have to sit on the naughty step for 41 minutes but I just don’t get marc jacobs. Never did and keep wondering what am I missing.

  • *Aisling* says:

    Oh oh Seveda you’ve just reminded me of McQueen – and I LOVE the skulls!

  • Bunnybun says:

    Speaking of Marc Jacobs was in NYC in May and we were in Century 21 which I can normally take or leave. We were there pretty early in the morn and what should we happen upon only a full rail of Marc Jacobs handbags!!!!!!!!! Was with my sis and we were planning on going to the Marc jacobs shop later in the weekend and suddenly there they were. Picked up a Hillier hobo for $280 (sisters dream bag that she couldn’t afford but that I couldn’t leave behind at that price and another one for me that I don’t know the name of for $250……… Biggest bargaino of my life…. We took our bags with around the shop and when we wnt back the rail had literally been picked clean…….. Also got Marc Jacobs sunnied for $45 there too. I love Marc Jacobs

  • fififinx says:

    I would rather go for a label designed by women for women like Just Female or Birger or Isabel Marant.

  • Anna says:

    Good to see I’m not alone in my Marc love. Maybe he’ll take heed and design a special cheapo range just for us. The problem with those diffusion ranges is that they feel so near and yet so far – the really pricey stuff is clearly never going to be affordable, but the stuff that just costs €200 – it’s obviously too expensive, but it’s not totally beyond the bounds of possibility for many of us. And yet you just can’t justify it…

    As others have said, one of the depressing things about really good clothes is the fact that in most cases, they’re really cut so much better than high street stuff. And then once you’ve tried them on it gives you a craving to wear stuff that well-made all the time…

  • laura says:

    Love chanel- would kill for a chanel bag,and a few timeless suits. J saunders has a pink coat for A/w ,saw it on vogue,i love love love it! Like some of v beckhams dresses,although i expect i would need to cut myself in half to wear one! Also like marlene birger n a birra bling from bayastan.Throw in a few miu miu bags,a few pairs of louboutins, the entire collection from sandro & whistles for my pared down daytime look and that’ll do me!
    Artdonatella- i too share the love for zara! My fave shop ever amen!

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