Originally Posted by StephenHero
If I were looking for a gay fashion hero, Tom Ford would be my first choice, who by most measures seems to be extremely likable in about a million ways. But regarding Jacobs' talent, I don't see much to suggest he's more talented than about a dozen other designers whose shows I look forward to with a lot more interest and admiration. Is it rare of me to find Alexander Wang significantly more talented?
Well, Jacobs has been around long enough to be considered part of the old guard, so he has a bit of classic appeal as well as that extra bit of cache. Basically, an experienced designer makes a boring collection and it's "understated" and "a return to the basics", while a new designer does that shit and will be criticised.
I agree that Wang is probably a better designer.
That said it's probably best to look at some of Jacobs' collections in the 90s to see why he's so revered.