Fashion Scoops: Stella In Liverpool… Marc At Saint Martins… Summer Stock

Stella McCartney is going back to her roots.

STELLA IN LIVERPOOL: Stella McCartney is going back to her roots. The designer will host a presentation of her fall collection in Liverpool, her father Sir Paul McCartney's hometown, at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts on June 1. The show — set to take place in the school's Paul McCartney auditorium — is part of a program that will celebrate Liverpool as the European capital of culture in 2008. And while Paul McCartney will be among the audience at his daughter's show in the afternoon (he's set to play a concert in the city later that evening) a clutch of yet-to-be-named British artists will perform live music sets alongside.

Tickets for the event will be sold through Cricket, the Liverpool designer boutique that's beloved of England's glitzy footballers' wives set, and all proceeds will go towards LIPA. Paul McCartney is one of the founders of the performing arts school, which opened in 1996 on the site of the high school McCartney once attended.

MARC AT SAINT MARTINS: Marc Jacobs gave students at London's Central Saint Martins College an insight into life in the design world beyond the college walls Monday night. Journalist Sarah Mower, a professor at the college, interviewed Jacobs on stage, along with two members of his design team at Louis Vuitton — Emilie Jacquet, who designs handbags for the house, and Fabrizio Viti, who designs shoes. And during the hour-long discussion, Jacobs was frank about the battles he's waged with the business side of the design houses he's worked for.

"I don't understand corporate people — I always say the design team's on the second floor and the corporate people are on the fifth floor, and it might as well be the distance between here and Mars," said Jacobs, relating the difficulties of getting his Stephen Sprouse monogram collection for Louis Vuitton in spring 2001 into production, after Vuitton's management team at the time was reluctant to endorse the reworked logo. "The press reaction to all that graffiti was so amazing...[but] they bitched and moaned, [saying] 'we're not going to do it'. I just couldn't believe the time, that's how narrow minded they were...[but] $300 million later, they think it's a good idea!" (Jacobs diplomatically added that those detractors no longer work at Vuitton.)
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