A tribute to Monsieur Cardin

It’s at Pierre Cardin‘s atelier that the young Jean Paul Gaultier took his first steps in the fashion métier. This time, the former French enfant terrible paid homage to his mentor with his Spring 2018 Haute Couture collection.

Pierre Cardin is still driving his own label since 1950, but his career is forever associated with the ’60s, despite his many decades of working.

The Swinging Sixties are the source of inspiration for Jean Paul Gaultier’s creations: he’s looking to Cardin’s masterpieces, though interpreting them with a completely personal approach and reaching a result that really pleased his mentor.

Optical Art and psychedelic prints pervade the catwalk in a preponderance of black and white. The Space Age is in garments, hairstyling, spiral-shaped earrings, necklaces, circle prints, spheres, waves and tapes.

The models came out from a round door; around them some moving circles were projected, creating a hypnotic atmosphere.

A-line dresses go hand in hand with sharp-shouldered jackets. High-waisted belt and bell bottom trousers delineate the jumpsuits. Trench coats and jackets are constructed with wrapped volumes that generate movement.

Fringes are suspended from dresses, trousers hems and perfect double-breasted tuxedos.

Sliced pieces of black-and-white garments contribute to the creation of a kinetic and hypnotic effect.

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