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.
“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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