Capucci is on the comeback trail. Ten years after the house’s last ready-to-wear line was shuttered, the fabled couturier is back with new investors and designers. Its first collection is based on historic designs such as the Box Line collection of 1958, which won it Filene’s Young Talent Award.
In the hands of designer Cinzia Minghetti and her team, charged with transforming the couture pieces into a contemporary rtw offering, the innovative construction — achieved by seaming four flat panels into a rectangular shape — found its way into lightweight coats and tops in bonded techno silk.
There were literal copies of three flawlessly chic LBDs that caused a scandal in 1961 because they were made to be worn without bras. Minghetti developed her own playbook with luxurious looks that included mink-lined bolero jackets, double-cashmere capes and sweaters with thick tubular ribs. Standouts included a trapeze coat made of plissé jacquard in a patchwork of metallic shades.