Capucci cited a painting by Henri Matisse as the inspiration for its spring collection, which played out in a rainbow of vibrant hues. In addition, the label’s signature trio of little black dresses — which caused a scandal in 1961 because they were made to be worn without bras — were given a new lease on life in girly shades of pink.
The dresses were among the eveningwear options on display at Milan’s 10 Corso Como store as part of an event cohosted by Vogue Italia and attended by 84-year-old founder Roberto Capucci to mark the label’s second collection since its relaunch by new owners.
Cinzia Minghetti, who now heads the brand’s design team, said she had taken elements from the house archives and given them a contemporary spin. Capucci’s signature sculptural pleats appeared on flirty black skirts that were casually paired with white jersey tops. Meanwhile, woven ribbons in colors inspired by a 2001 evening gown were used as a decorative trim on dresses and tops.
Available in Italy at 40 points of sale, Capucci hopes to enter the international market this season. While respectful of its heritage, the house’s new look proved modern enough to merit a spot in the contemporary arena.