Kanye West is forever doing too much to be accepted by the fashion world, opinionated founder of A.P.C., Jean Touitou has named a segment of A.P.C.’s 2015 fall/winter collection, “Last Ni**as in Paris.”
Coined as a reference to Jay Z and Kanye West’s 2011 hit single “Ni**as in Paris” and the 1972 Franco-Italian romance film Last Tango in Paris, Touitou’s playfully named portion of his latest line features Timberland shoes and sweatpants, which are iconic of hip-hop, and a camel hair color coat worn bare, which is an essential aesthetic to the aforementioned French film. This is what Touitou had to say during his live narration of the collection.
According to Hypebeast.com the designer explains his decision on naming his collection:
I call this one look Last N****s in Paris. Why? Because it’s the sweet spot when the hood meets Bertolucci’s movie Last Tango in Paris. So that’s ‘N****s in Paris’ and Last N****s 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 with Style.com, Touitou mentioned he got the pass from his friend and collaborator, Kanye West.
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.’
Kanye does not have the authority to give ni##a passes….