Marc Grants a Wish

(NEW YORK) Jennifer Ridgley isn’t the only California teen harboring a serious Marc Jacobs obsession—but she might be the only one who’s also suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While undergoing recent chemotherapy and radiation treatments at the hospital, Ridgley’s social worker mentioned the Kids Wish Network to Jennifer, a charity that works to grant wishes to seriously ill youth. Her dream? To meet the man behind Marc, Marc by Marc, and Louis Vuitton. “Marc Jacobs is by far my favorite designer,” she said. “The clothes from [Marc by Marc Jacobs] are what caused my initial interest in him. Other than that, I am amazed by how much he has going on between his own lines and also designing for Louis Vuitton. It takes some serious talent to be able to juggle all of those tasks!”

A plane ride to New York later, and Ridgley was on her way to meet Marc—but not without a trip to Bergdorf Goodman for a little beauty primping and a Guess shopping spree (the first of the day’s shopping experiences). “As for meeting Marc Jacobs, I can’t even put into words how incredible it was,” said Ridgley. “We started by touring his studio beginning in the Marc Jacobs collection show room and walking all the way through where they put everything together and even into the storage rooms full of organized boxes of buttons and various materials. It’s so neat thinking about how that’s where everything starts. After the tour, we watched a recording of the Fall 2010 collection runway show which was awesome, getting to talk to Marc about it while watching it. After this, we hopped into a taxi and headed over to the Marc by Marc Jacobs store to do some shopping, which was so much fun. I was in heaven picking out and trying on all of the clothes and stepping out to model them. Having Marc’s opinion and approval made it all so special and meaningful.”

“Last June, she was given the scariest news that a young person can hear and then one year later she is frolicking around in New York City on her way to meet Marc Jacobs – her favorite famous fashion designer,” said Ridgley’s mother, Karie. As for Ridgley herself? “To say I was excited would be an understatement.”

The Daily Front Row
Published: 07/01/10

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