Marc Jacobs: Grandmother predicted success

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs' grandmother used to boast he was destined for a fashion career while food shopping.

The designer has his own label and also helms Louis Vuitton. He has paid tribute to his grandmother while discussing his success, explaining she always believed in him.

"I decided at a young age," he told Look magazine, when asked when he knew he wanted a fashion career. "I was very close to my grandmother growing up - she was a very fashionable woman. She always believed in me and was very supportive. We'd be in the supermarket and she would tell the checkout girls, 'My grandson's going to be a great designer some day!' Being a designer is hard work. It's a lot of pressure, a lot of stress - it's not all fun and games."

Marc is renowned for staging major presentations for Louis Vuitton, having previously used escalators and an old steam train as sets.

Although his collections are usually lauded by critics that doesn't mean he expects them to be successful. He still worries about the decisions he's made and is usually anxious right up until the last minute.

"It's the not knowing whether people will like it," he explained, "the uncertainty that gets you. But they're excited nerves - like stage fright. When something sells well, or I see someone wear something I've made, I feel proud."

Marc named prints and stripes as his big trends for Spring/Summer 13. He implored fashion fans to give high street stores such as H&M and Topshop a go as he thinks they are turning out fantastic pieces and also offered some advice when it comes to choosing outfits.

"Get dressed for yourself and not for other people. You shouldn't care whether something looks good to everyone else. Be comfortable in your own skin and you'll look great!" he enthused.

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