COMEBACK KID: Ten years after its last line was shuttered, fabled couture house Capucci is staging a ready-to-wear comeback for fall with new investors and designers. The relaunch is being led by art collector Paola Santerelli in partnership with textile industrialist Andrea Cernigliaro and the Capucci family.

Known in the Sixties and Seventies for his architectural and sculptural approach to design, Roberto Capucci is featured in “Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968,” an exhibition running at the Maxxi Museum in Rome until May. The 85-year-old backed the rtw project because there are few customers left for haute couture. “Once upon a time, there were balls and cocktails nonstop every day,” he told WWD. “Today, all of that is over. People have withdrawn, they are afraid, they don’t want to be exposed, so everything had changed.”

Among designers working today, Capucci praised Giorgio Armani “because he’s not vulgar. What I don’t like about fashion today is that some designers see women as a source of entertainment.”

The debut Capucci offering of about 120 SKUs, many in bonded techno silk was designed by Cinzia Minghetti and her team and featured clean lines and flawless fabrications based on historic designs, including the Box Line collection.

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