There wasn’t much that Pierre Cardin left out of the collection he paraded on the steps of Paris’ Palais de la Bourse — except for bankable clothes for today.
The exhaustive, madcap show opened with the broad shouldered, Space Age tunics that Cardin first pioneered in the Sixties. They came in neoprene edged in patent leather, light cotton and — puzzlingly for a spring collection — in heavy textured wool and plaids.
From there on, the collection hurtled from conservative to full-on wacky. Ambling onto the runway in groups and occasionally flashing Vulcan signs, models wore everything from broad-shouldered suits in Prince of Wales check to crushed velvet jumpsuits and Latex bomber jackets sprouting rubber tubes.
Much of the collection looked like it was pulled straight from the designer’s archive — including the finale of hoop dresses for women.