Ennio Capasa's Costume National collection, executed
almost entirely in black and white, was thankfully
At heart, Capasa is a minimalist who emphasizes form
above everything elsehe is at his best designing
sharp jackets and no-nonsense trousers. Why then,
would he choose to cinch most of his looks with
unflattering bodybuilder belts-turned-corsets? The
effect was jarring and distracting.
Worn without those unfortunate accessories, many of
Capasa's clothes will work just fine as sensible
everyday uniformsthe roomy overcoats, eyelet-trimmed
skirts and peasant shirts are all in touch with
current trends. Nonetheless, it was disappointing to see Capasa strike only
one note through the entire show.