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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