Never in my wildest dreams did I entertain the idea that I would become a fashion designer. Comfort is very important to me. I think people live better in big houses and in big clothes. Vanity is the healthiest thing in life. Fashion should be fun. It shouldn’t be labelled intellectual. I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.
I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes. I want to thank all the women who have worn my clothes, the famous and the unknown, who have been so faithful to me and given me so much joy. I have my favourite fashion decade, yes, yes, yes: ’60s. It was a sort of little revolution; the clothes were amazing but not too exaggerated. A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. I didn’t want to be a fashion designer, and for a good half of my career I didn’t like it. I always wanted to do other things.
You can't just buy things for the label – it's ridiculous. If I had the power, I would ban leggings. I think I'd go mad if I didn't have a place to escape to. I remember walking the dog one day, I saw a car full of teenage girls, and one of them rolled down the window and yelled, 'Marc Jacobs!' in a French accent. I didn't consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious. I came from the country, and by the time I got to London, I considered myself to be very stupid. It was my ambition to understand the world I live in.