Last night I attended a talk by Marc Jacobs, which was hosted by Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week.

Marc’s quirky and honest answers were quite entertaining, but it got me thinking, why do we find the most mundane details of fashion designers’ lives so interesting? For example, I now know that Marc has a specifically-measured amount of oatmeal every morning for breakfast, along with a variety of health juices. For lunch, he often enjoys grilled hamburgers on spelt buns. He goes to the gym (David Barton, to be specific) from 9 – 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and later on Fridays. He LOVES working out. He also loves art (favorite artist: Ed Ruscha) and Daisy Buchanan of “The Great Gatsby” (his favorite book). He has 33 tattoos, and has been in and out of rehab several times. He picked up many naughty habits during his Studio 54 days, and he is not currently in touch with any immediate family members.

I’m not sure that I should be so fascinated by these personal fun facts, but I am. Once we begin to understand how people spend their days and what makes them tick, we begin to understand their work on a deeper level.

Marc Jacobs saying “I see life in a cartoony way” last night makes sense of so many of his collections for his eponymous line and the Louis Vuitton one. Both are theatrical; both are like glamorous cartoons sprung to life.