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Kanye West wanted 'dope' line

Kanye West wanted his latest clothing collaboration to be "baggy and skinny at the same time".

The hip-hop star has his own clothing line, which received mixed reviews when he showed in Paris. Although he hasn't shown new pieces for a while, it was recently confirmed that he had teamed up with A.P.C. on a capsule line. It includes three T-shirts, two pairs of jeans and three hoodies and took two years to complete.

A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou has discussed what working with Kanye was like.

"I just love the guy, so whatever. He could want a piece to be baggy and skinny at the same time… [but] oh well, you just find a way," he laughed to style.com.

"The devil was in theoretical discussion, not in details. When you deal with a guy who wants to redesign just about anything so it could fit [into the] kingdom of dopeness, it takes some time to just sit and say, 'OK, agreed, but let’s get started on something limited, and we’ll see.'"

Although the two men had fun working together, Jean seems unimpressed with Kanye's status. He believes fashion is its own entity and can cause problems when mixed with other careers, namely music.

"Fashion killed rock and roll. Fashion killed contemporary art, and turned it vulgar. And if hip-hop artists are not careful it will also kill hip-hop," he said.

The pair always wanted the line to be small and worked hard to ensure it was perfect. Colours and fabrics were repeatedly changed until exactly the right look was achieved.

Style.com quizzed Jean on whether he expects stars to flock to wear the line, but he wouldn't be drawn on the matter.

"Production hasn’t been so limited - mind you, sir, we are a small company. I am not anticipating anything. I never do. I am not into the celebrity thing. The only celebrities who impress me are writers. I follow no god, no celeb, no master, no myth," he said.

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