Even when she was still the first lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy had already strong connection with Capri, Italy. In the mid summer of 1962, in the media heat caused by the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe on 4 August 1962 and a very open assumption of the actress's liaison with the president, Jackie with her daughter Caroline, accompanied by her sister Lee Radziwill went to Italy. There in Ravello, a small village on the Amalfi Coast, as well as Capri, Jackie was seen with Italian industrialist, future president of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli almost always and his wife Marella Agnelli only occassionaly. So much so that Jackie's husband Jack Kennedy had to send her a telegram: "More Caroline, less Gianni".
Nobody will ever know if Jackie Kennedy and Gianni Agnelli were romantically linked, but everyone can see she was initiated in la dolce vita de Italy, in a pair of white capri pants, with a pair of Capri sandals custom made for her by the artisan sandal maker Canfora, who also made sandals for Grace Kelly and Princess Margaret.
After becoming Mrs. Onassis, the wife of the richest man of the world Aristotle Onassis, Jackie lived in Greece, but Italy, in particular Capri, was her escape, she regularly went there, alone or with her new husband or her two children, or in the company of the jet set like the new Italian designer Valentino Garavani, wearing her white capri pants and custom made Capri sandals in various colors, until the 70s, then everything changed again. Aristotle Onassis died, Jackie Kennedy Onassis went back to New York, her spiritual and final home, living as an intellectual among books.
Capri, as well as Gianni Agnelli, remained but a nostalgia for Jackie, but the way how she wore her capri pants, nonchalantly and elegantly, will remain in our memory.
In the film To Catch a Thief by Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly as Frances Stevens, a spoiled American girl from a rich family has just met John Robie the jewel thief(played by Cary Grant). They are going out, Robbie is waiting for Frances in the lobby. And when she makes her appearance down the lobby, everyone stop chatting or walking and start looking at her: She is wearing a black halter neck swimming suit with a pair of black capri pants ruched up, matching with her black turban and black wedged sandals, her all-black outfit is then framed by pure white: a white brimmed crown-less fine straw hat on the black turban, and a white linen wrap skirt covering her capri pants.
In the blog Clothes on film, the writer has used words like absurd and childish to describe her outfit. But there is nothing childish or absurd about this stunning and genious beach ensemble designed by Edith Head, and one of the best things about the design is how the costume designer has made Grace's white linen skirt just a little longer than her black capri pants to create the illusion of her wearing just a black body and a white skirt while looking from far away, like the character France played by Grace Kelly, she gives the illusion of someone but reveals herself only up close, really up close.
And in her prime time, whether on screen or off-screen, Grace Kelly never looks absurd or childish, with her inner grace, she can carry off almost any outfit. Even a pair of rolled up jeans A LA capri pants, which could plain on others, look graceful on her, whether pairing with ballet flats or loafer.
In the hisotry of fashion, nobody has transformed a place like Brigitte Bardot did to St. Tropez, making it from an unknown small fishing village in Côte d'Azur of southern France to one of the most fashionable resort in the world.
It was there she spent her summers while a child in her family's vacation home; it was there she met her future first husband Roger Vadim; it was there he has made her a star and a sensation; it was there she has been nominated B.B.; it was there she bought her first house La Madrague in 1958, thus making St. Tropez her home. Here in St. Tropez, Brigitte Bardot left her husband Roger Vadim, fell in and out of love with other men, living as a free woman. One of the most symbols of her freedom was the capri pants which she wore everywhere in St. Tropez, in a time when it was unusual and almost unacceptable to wear pants.