Hood meets Bertolucci #apc

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A.P.C. founder and french designer, Jean Touitou presented his 2015 fall/winter collection — titling one section “Last N—-s in Paris.”

Touitou’s sub-collection, “Last N##@$ IN PARIS,” is a portmanteau of Kanye and Jay-Z’s “Ni**as in Paris” and the 1972 Bernardo Bertolucci film Last Tango in Paris.

While the models walked the runway, Touitou held up a sign that read “Last Ni##@$ IN PARIS,” while he gave the audience a live narration that involved him using the n-word repeatedly. According to Touitou, who is friends with Kanye, claims the hip-hop producer/artist gave him his blessing to use the song title.

From Style.com:

“I call this one look Last N*ggas 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*ggas in Paris’ and Last N*ggas in Paris. [Nervous laughter from audience.] Oh, I am glad some people laughed with me. 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…”

In a follow-up statement to Style.com, Touitou explained that he got the approval to go forth with the collection concept from Kanye, who happens to be a former A.P.C. collaborator.

“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 [West, who recorded “N*ggas in Paris” with Jay Z], 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.'”

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  • [email protected]

    I’m not surprised by this. France is not the anti-racist Utopia that many folks claim that it is. Even if Kanye West approved of it this (if Kanye approved of this, then he’s wrong), this French person can easily not do it. So, Jean Touitou has to have responsibility for expressing that slur in public view. Certainly, this is nothing new.
    Cultural exploitation by these corporate people has been in existence for a long time. Also, we have to notice about the stereotypical words from Touitou about the ghetto. Just because a person lives in the ghetto doesn’t mean that he or she wear Timberlands or is a nefarious person. Although, there is nothing wrong with a person wearing Timberlands. There are strong, intelligent, and positive people who live across many areas of the Earth. It’s not where you’re from. It is where you’re at regardless if you live in the ghetto or in a palace. The N word should not be glamorized at all. It’s a despicable word. We have to stand up for our rights and they may try to mimic us, but they can never duplicate us. They can never duplicate our blackness and our blackness is beautiful.

  • good2bfree

    The ‘George-Bush-Does-Not-Care-About-Black-People’ Kanye West has left the building and moved to Coon-Ville with Jay-Z.

    • Jay

      Jay Z just about his business. Thats why people don’t get angry at him. He doesn’t pretend to be an activist, like other Black men he cares about issue like trayvon, mike brown and eric garner and has got involved with all three of those. But he’s about his business, and he’s honest about it. Also he never claims to speak for anyone other than himself. I like that there is no pretence.

      Kanye has been saying alot of stupid lately. From ‘classism is the new racism’. Comparing the ‘plight’ to that of the civil right movement.

      He’s annoyed that he’s been shut out of the fashion game and it seems he will do anything to get in. using being black as his main reason, while not supporting or wearing any black designers. Just white elitists…
      Jihan Forbes notes West’s history of supporting the very sort of people he complains about: “West has been quick to show support for labels like Céline—mentioned on the Diversity Coalition’s no-no list for not casting black models in their shows—Maison Martin Margiela, and Givenchy, proudly parading in bespoke and off-the-rack pieces from each. Yet you would be hard-pressed to see him pair his beloved leather jogging sweats with an Ozwald Boateng jacket, or find mention of designers like Duro Olowu in his rhymes.”

  • Mary Burrell

    Koonye

  • Mary Burrell

    Next the faux apology and how it was not intended to hurt or offend

  • gg

    Poor ye. He really wants rich old white men to love him. Maybe he needs to get psychological help.