It’s tough for a designer whose name is synonymous with fur to hit his stride in Spring. Somehow Dennis Basso seems to have found the formula & Spring 2017 was certainly no exception. He’s taking his clients down the path to bohemia for with slouchy silhouettes that played simultaneously with sweet innocence when the palette was light & the darker side, bordering on Goth, when the palette was dark.
Basso still found ways to incorporate fur into his Spring collection, much to the delight of his legions of fans, which, unlike most designers during NYFW, Basso chooses to place squarely in the front row… it’s obvious he knows from whence his profits come. In fact, a few of the fur pieces were by leaps & bounds his best, particularly a long ribbed fur tunic coat in the palest of Cream furs that would provide the wearer with not only a glamorous entrance, but just enough warmth to fight off a cool evening or an overly air conditioned theatre hall.
Basso finished, as to be expected, with a dash of evening wear, which included some interesting takes on Duchess satin in Cappuccino Brown. Our favorite moment at every Dennis Basso show is the finale moment when the designer takes his bow, usually a full walk around the U-shaped he seems to favor. Other designers generally get a kind applause from the legions of editors who are in attendance. Basso however, never walks out to less than a rousing standing ovation from his well healed fans. They stand & cheer, many with hands pumping the air in victorious salute. Basso himself personally acknowledges the majority of them as he walks around. It’s always a touching moment & proof positive that when a designer truly knows his customer, an empire can be built.
-R. Scott French
Designer Website: www.dennisbasso.com
Photos: Elvia Gobbo