On Saturday, June 17th, “Pierre Cardin: A Gala Celebration” took place at The Breakers in Newport, RI. STYLEWEEK Northeast and RMO Public Relations produced the runway show event which was a fundraiser for the Preservation Society of Newport County. The Breakers is one of the seven National Historic Landmarks in Newport that is protected and maintained by The Preservation Society of Newport County. The Breakers is a Vanderbilt estate that was built by the family back in 1895. “Pierre Cardin: A Gala Celebration” was one of the very first fashion events that was hosted at The Breakers.
The runway show was a tribute to honor legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin’s 95th birthday along with celebrating Cardin’s success, creativity, and innovation throughout the past seven decades. Among the approximately 250 attendees were Pierre Cardin’s Head of Couture, Maryse Gaspard, his grandson, Rodrigo Basilicati, and other team members along with celebrity guest, Derek Warburton. Although Pierre Cardin, himself, could not be in attendance, he sent a personal audio message that played before the models from Surface Models took the runway.
Over 80 iconic looks from Monsieur Cardin’s remarkable career were featured on the runway during the show. The clothes spoke for themselves and put Cardin’s career into retrospect. Following the show, guests were invited to a reception on the loggia of The Breakers for complimentary champagne, cake, and hors d’oeuvres in honor of Pierre Cardin. Overall, the evening was truly a beautiful celebration and reflection of Monsieur Cardin’s prolific career.
Photographer Myke Yeager