TYPICAL KANYE: “I love A.P.C. — my only quote,” Kanye West said, shining his diamond-encrusted smile last night at the opening party for the French label’s Los Angeles flagship at 8420 Melrose Place (two more California stores are coming soon in Silver Lake and downtown L.A.).

The rapper, donning the “airport” sweater from his collaboration with the brand, was being shepherded by A.P.C. creative director Jean Touitou — who copied West’s belligerent attitude even though it was his own party. “No press. I’m always misquoted,” he said.

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Partygoers included Waris Ahluwalia, Roman Coppola, Kilo Kish, Charlie Eisner (behind the turntables for the occasion) and Hiroshi Fujiwara, who flew in from Tokyo for the event. The guests, at least, were more talkative. “[Touitou]’s a longtime friend, of 20 years,” Fujiwara explained. Coppola made a far less strenuous commute. “I was in town, so I thought I’d come to support my friend,” he said. The store, designed by architect Laurent Deroo, is like a California hipster’s dream — airy, lucent and midcentury. The store itself was nearing capacity, causing the party to spill out onto the street, where Touitou spent most of the evening to escape the heat inside. He was there until West showed up and the two retreated to a private corner to chat until the rapper’s song “Stronger,” blasted from the DJ booth. West left minutes later.

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