Kanye West and A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou appeared on French talk show Grand Le Journal to discuss the latest collection which he previewed earlier this week. Watch the video of the appearance and the transcribed english version of the interview below.
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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