Finger Painting In Philadelphia

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If you haven’t been to Philly since the Philadelphia Museum of Art mounted its Elsa Schiaparelli retrospective way back in 2004, it’s time to make another trip. Another Italian fashion designer, Roberto Capucci, is the subject of its latest exhibition, which opened this week. Capucci’s innovative silhouettes and masterful pleating were worn by Italian aristocrats and American film stars, including Gloria Swanson. “I would like to burn my whole wardrobe so I could replace it with [Capucci’s] entire collection,” the actress once said. Local salon owner Laurentius Purnama has caught Capucci fever, too; he’s collaborated with manicurist Robin Campbell to create the “Capucci manicure.” The process involves buffing and priming the nails with a base coat to provide a smooth canvas, after which Campbell applies two thick coats of Chanel’s inky Black Satin lacquer followed by a layer of opaque white polish done in a freehand color-blocking design that mimics the dizzying lines of Capucci’s work. It’s finished off with a clear topcoat to protect the masterpiece on your hands. Intrigued? Set aside an hour (this level of brushwork takes time) and book an appointment before June 5, which is when the manicure (and the exhibition) ends its run.


Laurentius Salon, 815 Christian St., Philadelphia, (215) 238-0764, www.laurentiussalon.com. For more information about the Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion exhibition, visit www.philamuseum.com. —Kari Molvar



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