June 19, 2014 Paris
Francesco Scognamiglio was born in Pompeii; these days he vacations only slightly farther afield, on Capri. But while his Resort collection was entirely dedicated to that chic island, its true inspiration came from one of its most famous visitors: Jackie O., circa 1973. "That was a time when people walked barefoot around the island. She lived there in a very natural way. It was a place of freedom and happiness," he explained. From vintage photos of Jackie sporting her favorite basics, the designer spun out luxury iterations in a palette of blues, from Capri pants (obviously) to a breezy perforated cotton dress and skirts with lashings of fringe. Lace minidresses and transparent, zebra-striped popovers channeled a distinct seventies vibe, while other pieces, like a long white sleeveless dress edged in blue, existed serenely outside of decade-specific constraints. Elsewhere, a group of "Pop" prints cast tropical florals against a dark ground—a direction that Scognamiglio will explore anew in his upcoming collection.
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