Fashion: Pegleg from Paris

Pierre Cardin is one of Paris' most creative couturiers, famous as the man who eight years ago first put models in crash helmets, two years ago matched short skirts with stockings and slashed the décolletages. Nicole Alphand was known as Washington's hostess par excellence in the Kennedy era, famed for her charm, elegance and political savvy (TIME cover, Nov. 22, 1963). Together they are proving an unbeatable team.

Despite raised eyebrows at the Quai d'Orsay, Nicole announced her appointment as Cardin's publicity director soon after Husband Herve Alphand was recalled from his post as French ambassador. Explained Nicole, who has been...

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