Kanye x A.P.C. Interview

This weekend the new Kanye West x A.P.C. collab was revealed as ‘Ye first premiered it at Paris Fashion Week with A.P.C. creative director Jean Touitou, and then the official photos of the collection was revealed here.

Today comes a 17 minute long interview with Kanye and Touitou on French show Le Grand Journal. Unfortunately for us in the States, it’s all in French so you’ll have to take ‘Ye’s quotes at context. Here’s some of it transcribed and some behind the scenes photos below.

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Interviewer: We want to talk about music, fashion, design, architecture. You are an unstoppable global artist—do you agree with that?
Kanye: Yes… I have no other answer other than yes.

Interviewer: Is your love for fashion as strong as your love for music?
Kanye: I just love creating… music, fashion, architecture, art… I’m addicted to dreams. Clothing or stage design or an album, it’s all art projects, and life is art.

Interviewer: We spoke about your first meeting with Jean, did you already know him before that first meeting, did you know his work?
Kanye: [Annoyed] Yes, that’s why I asked to meet him!

Interviewer: Second time you’ve worked together, first collaboration had eight pieces?
Jean Touitou: Yes, it’s much more this time, we are doing much more together. Sometimes I had the difficult task of holding back Kanye’s creativity but we always found a middle-ground.

Interviewer: Kanye has the reputation of being a control freak, did you find this?
Jean Touitou: No. I didn’t find that. What was difficult was that he was working right up to the very, very last minute.

Interviewer: Is it practical to sing in a Margiela mask?!
Kanye: Oh, yeah it’s cool! It helped very much ’cause it gave me the opportunity to perform without being a celebrity.

Jean Touitou: It’s true Kanye is a maximalist, but he is also a minimalist, he’s a mix of the two. It’s like fire and water.
Kanye: You were talking about maximalism and minimalism… I thought that the [Yeezus] album cover is very A.P.C. in that way.

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