PARIS — The final scene of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is enduring. Then again, what single frame of the master’s oeuvre isn’t? Nevertheless, after stepping through the star gate, astronaut David Bowman eventually finds himself walking through a series of sterile interior rooms, replete with Victorian furniture and an illuminated white floor. A bit more happens in the scene, but the flooring with its glowing white surface and endless black grid in particular evokes the infinite. Anyone who strolled into Salon d’Honneur this morning at Grand Palais for the Sacai Spring / Summer 2018 runway show would have immediately recognized the runway from 2001. If there was any doubt what the runway was meant to convey, then Strauss playing through the sound system would have banished it. As palate cleansing goes, this staging was especially effective for the collection by Chitose Abe that followed. Strauss gave way to a James Brown “Funky Drummer” mashup that sounded positively Double Dee and Steinski, which perfectly complemented Abe’s omnivorous design sensibilities. She is a mixer and from her combinations come the infinite, which was the case late Monday morning in a show that included a lineup that featured Nandy Nicodème, Nina Gulien, Manuela Miloqui, Binx, and Selena Forrest.
Credits include: Client, Sacai; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2018; Creative design, Chitose Abe; Styling, Karl Templer; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Diane Kendal; Casting, Michelle Lee; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.