Fashion designing is all about freedom of expression but one French designer named Jean Touitou hit a nerve that many would say is offensive. During the live narration of his new fall/winter collection, Touitou named the collection “Last N***as in Paris,” referencing Kanye West’s and Jay Z’s hit single “N***as In Paris.” One portion of the line featured sweatpants and Timberland boots (which are popular in the African-American community) and also long camel-colored wool coat.
“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.” says Touitou.
You may remember this designer from a collection collaboration with rapper/designer Kanye West in 2013. Two designed a 10-piece collection with prices starting out at $120 and sold out instantly.