PARIS – It would be an understatement to say that every reference to the past – from a painting in his office inspired by man’s first step on the moon, to his posing in a towel on the cover of Time magazine in December 1974 - is a long walk down memory lane for Pierre Cardin these days.
But as the space-age couturier- as feisty as ever - celebrates his sixtieth year as a designer this year, he’s hardly settling down to a life of idle reflection.
Next Monday, July 3rd, for instance, he plans to present a men’s collection for the first time in seasons to the international press during men’s fashion week here.
“The concept is air-conditioning,” explained Cardin on Monday, seated in his cluttered office, just next door to the French presidential palace.
“There are circular openings in the clothes,” he continued. “The world is getting hotter. It’s important to stay cool. In winter, you can wear the jackets with a sweater. It creates texture, superposition. I’m working on integrating real machines into clothes that would keep you warm or cool. The technology isn’t ready. But it will be soon.”
Cardin is also opening a new space in the Marais neighborhood– he’ll use it to show his men’s wear – for art exhibits, adding to a few other spaces he uses for period exhibits in Paris.
For complete coverage, see tomorrow's issue of WWD.
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia