And what did the designer, dressed in a navy blazer, white pants and canvas boating shoes, think of his Hollywood houseguests?
“A man has never picked me up before,” he said, demonstrating the one-armed lift Arnold Schwarzenegger used to greet him at the door. “I am not light, but he is strong.” And with that, Cardin turned to rejoin the young throng writhing on the dance floor, where they were said to have remained until 5:30 a.m.
The night before, things were even more surreal at the MTV Europe-T3 bash held at Pierre Cardin’s Space Age estate, Le Palais Bulles, a.k.a The Bubble House, about 30 minutes and what seemed like hundreds of miles high above Cannes. The star wattage was a bit of a disappointment, but it didn’t seem to bother the host-designer, who took a break from mingling with the masses to examine the pebbles beside one of the many crater pools in the 27-room, 250-domed-window estate. “My fashion has always been inspired by the moon and the cosmos, so I love this house,” said Cardin. “I love having parties here, because when I am alone, it is like a monastery.”