Kanye, Kanye, Kanye.
This past weekend, A.P.C.’s founder Jean Touitou presented his fall 2015 menswear collection in Paris, France, and while his designs were met with praise, what he titled the presentation has garnered even more attention.
Last N##@$ IN PARIS.
You read correctly.
As the models walked the runway, Touitou emerged from the sideline holding up a sign that read “Last N##@$ IN PARIS.”
According to Touitou, he received the stamp of approval from Kanye West. He spoke with Style.com and had the following to say:
“I call this one look Last N****s in Paris. Why? Because it’s the sweet spot when the hood—the ‘hood—meets Bertolucci’s movie Last Tango in Paris. So that’s ‘N****s in Paris’ and Last N****s in Paris…Yes, I mean, it’s nice to play with the strong signifiers. The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier. In the ghetto, it is all the Timberlands, all the big chain. Not at the same time—never; it’s bad taste. So we designed Timberlands with Timberland.”
“I made looks which are a cross-over of those two references: the Timberland shoes and the sweat pants are iconic of hip-hop, and the camel hair color coat, worn with nothing under it, is iconic of that precise movie. I am friends with Kanye, and he and I presented a joint collection at the same place, one year ago, and that this thing is only a homage to our friendship. As a matter of fact, when I came up with this idea, I wrote to him, with the picture of the look and the name I was giving to it, and he wrote back immediately saying something like, ‘I love this vibe.'”
Check out a few more designs from the show below.