Jean Touitou, founder of French fashion line A.P.C., shocked just about everyone that attended his Fall/Winter 2015 collection this past weekend when he revealed the name of portion of his show. The name: Last N****s in Paris.
As per Style.Com:
“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. [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…”
Also, when emailed by Style for a little clarity regarding the name, Touitou responded, “”One hip-hop song is called ‘N***** in Paris.’ One movie is called ‘Last Tango in Paris.’
As far as the hip-hop song conveniently recorded by Kanye West — a friend of Touitou, and also a frequent A.P.C. collaborator — Touitou was sure to, first, ask for his blessing on the name.
“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 “Ni**as 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.'”