Forty years later, Pierre Cardin continues to amaze audiences with his futuristic vision of fashion. The New York showing of his Spring 2011 men’s and women’s collections continued that tradition. Seeing all the usual fashion folk gathered off-season at Milk studios was delightful. Unharried by the madness of Fashion Week, we were able to concentrate on the spectacle Monsieur Cardin flew across the pond to present. What we saw was utterly directional. While the clothes might at first glance seem like archival pieces from one of his 1960’s mod collections, a closer look revealed today’s tech fabrics and very updated silhouettes. Even the little shift dresses with keyholes that might have read “vintage” are so very “today.”
Kimono tops may be generally enjoying the same 70s revival that jumpsuits are, but Cardin’s ombre-dyed open gauge knit versions are fresh and utterly modern. Even the classic skirt suit that so many of us associate with the chicest of Parisian women was given the Cardin treatment and rendered in techno fabrics with just a hint of military.
While the editorial pieces might seem more Surface Magazine than Harper’s Bazaar, the more wearable looks in the collection will be sure to bring a little April in Paris to you wherever you live.
Photography: Randy Brook
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