Jean Touitou and Kanye West have been friends and collaborators for a minute, bonded, perhaps, over their desire to disrupt the fashion industry and ability to magnetically draw controversy—you might remember Touitou making statements during a presentation last year that led Timberland to sever ties with the designer. Vogue.com spoke to Touitou about his upcoming collection of five black dresses, and in the process asked him what it's like working with West, to which Touitou replied:
We’ll be carrying pieces from Kanye’s second Yeezy collection this fall in Paris, New York, and L.A. [in stores in July]. I think they’re really good, and I’m not the only one. Kanye can be a caricature of himself, and he has the self-irony to know that. He has no problem with it. But he is trying hard. He’s sincere. He really loves it. I appreciate his effort to make clothes, not just to make noise in fashion. Anyone with power can make noise in fashion. He has a similar vision of beauty to mine, only the words are bigger: He wants to spread dopeness and redesign the whole planet.
He wants to spread dopeness and redesign the whole planet. He wants to spread dopeness and redesign the whole planet. That’s a beautiful thing to say about Kanye, or about anyone ever. I want it on a T-shirt. I want it on my tombstone. Read the full interview here.