Pure, modern, colourful: Pierre Cardin is back on the official Parisian calendar

Pure, modern, colourful: Pierre Cardin is back on the official Parisian calendar


Translated by

Nicola Mira

Two years after the death of its eponymous founder, Pierre CardinParis Fashion Week

Pierre Cardin – Fall/Winter 2023-24- Womenswear – France – Paris – © ImaxTree

“My uncle, once he became a successful designer, thought he no longer needed to show as part of the official calendar, refusing to be forced to present two collections a year on specific dates. He was content to simply create, showing from time to time in France or abroad,” said Rodrigo Basilicati-Cardin, Pierre Cardin’s nephew and successor, talking to the AFP agency.

“I think it’s important to be featured on the official calendar. I see no reason not to take part in such a major international event,” he added, 70 years after Pierre Cardin’s first runway show in 1953.

The label’s design studio now consists of Basilicati-Cardin and three long-time collaborators. In a historic Faubourg Saint-Honoré building close to the Elysée Palace in Paris, the quartet took to the stage together to sign off the show’s 60 looks.

A day set consisting of a turquoise jacket with geometric cut-outs worn over loose white trousers, an evening dress with a transparent train, a cropped blouse and flowing trousers worn under a matching coat: the new collection revisited the label’s classic codes and spatial approach, but with a much more refined and contemporary feel, celebrating bright colours and recycled fabrics, in homage to the sustainable principles advocated by Basilicati-Cardin, an engineer by training.

“The silhouettes have been simplified, while remaining distinctive. I also wanted to appeal to a younger clientèle, which is increasingly turning away from uniformity,” he added. Basilicati-Cardin also stated that Maxim

The legendary restaurant, bought by Cardin in 1981, is set to reopen soon on a year-round basis. Its renowned American bar will be revamped, and an Art Nouveau-themed hotel will occupy the building’s top floors.

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