BUBBLES ALL AROUND: Friends of Pierre Cardin thronged publisher Assouline’s boutique on Rue Bonaparte in Paris on Thursday night to toast the release of a book about the Palais Bulles, the designer’s extravagant residence on the French Riviera.


“The Palais Bulles” is the third of a series of Cardin-related coffee table books written by his longtime collaborator, historian Jean-Pascal Hesse.


As guests downed glasses of Maxim’s Champagne — the famed Paris restaurant is among Cardin’s many properties — the Space Age designer sat at a table signing copies, pausing for a long chat with Claude Brouet, the former French fashion editor and artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear at Hermès. “They are childhood friends,” Hesse explained.


The guest list was an eclectic mix, ranging from designer Gilles Dufour and Nicole Salinger, the wife of the late Kennedy aide Pierre Salinger, to actress Cyrielle Clair and astrologist Yaguel Didier.


Cardin, who invented the “bubble dress” in the Fifties, purchased the Palais Bulles, or Bubble House, in the Eighties and oversaw its completion. The book, featuring photographs by Louis-Philippe Breydel, provides a lavish glimpse of the conceptual house conceived by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag.


The complex, described in the book by Cardin as “something of a gallery of living art,” has been used as a showplace to display the designer’s equally avant-garde fashion creations and also as a retreat he calls “a little corner of paradise.”

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