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APC Founder Jean Touitou Goes Off on Fashion Week "Corruption," Chanel, and "Celebrity Culture"

APC Founder Jean Touitou Goes Off on Fashion Week "Corruption," Chanel, and "Celebrity Culture"

>> Don't expect to see an APC show on any Fashion Week schedule — last night, the brand's opinionated founder Jean Touitou explained why: "I'm sorry to say there's too much corruption involved in Fashion Week. I won't take part in it. My days are very full doing what I'm doing. I don't want to deal with model agencies. Power conversations with model bookers makes me sick. Those people, they talk to you as if you've known them for 40 years, but you don't know them at all." Plus, he says: "I do not belong to celebrity culture. If people only knew what actresses are paid to sit in the front row at the shows in Milan or Paris, they would want to kill somebody. If they only knew 10 percent of what's going on, like brands that give bags away to young actresses and tell them to go in that restaurant on that day and leave the restaurant at 15 past 2:00, and hold the bag up for the paparazzi that will be there. This is a fact." He gives Chanel as an example of this practice: "If you're a young actress, it's now expected that once you start making it you'll receive a bag from Chanel. It's become a rite of passage. And it works, it's huge publicity for them. But at some point what's sad about it is that the very famous Chanel bag 2.55 — which I really love, my grandmother had one and my mother had one — is all over the place. I can't look at them anymore." [Hint]

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