Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Veteran Cardin flew Paris into space-age

Photo: FashionMag.com

Style veteran Pierre Cardin {the last active survivor of the great postwar French fashion houses} earned fond applause, if not critical acclaim, last Sunday at a comeback show on the eve of his 90th birthday.

In his first runway show in two years, Italian-born Cardin {the first couturier to put men on the Paris catwalks back in 1958} received mixed response over his space-age theme {which he has mined on and off since the 1960s} with a futuristic mix match of fabrics and colors.

His men's look featured broad-shouldered, sleeveless tunics in navy felt, wool tartan or diving suit neoprene with futuristic visor shades. Jackets had vertical slashed panels at the back, or were adorned with twists of black rubber tubing, like a prickly hedgehog across the shoulders.

After the finale of a dozen women models in futuristic tubular dresses with hula-hoop discs in their seams, Cardin received a genuinely warm ovation after stepping out for his bow.

Watch below

FashionMag.com, YouTube

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