Dennis Basso took us on a fantastical journey during his Fall 2016 show that evoked a feeling of rock n’ roll or Russian royalty… or perhaps it was “rock royalty” being channeled as many of the looks looked like they were pulled right off the stage of some of rock’s iconic legends. Jimi Hendrix or Janice Joplin would undoubtedly feel right at home in any number of his covetable pieces shown for the season.
The collection was awash with plays on proportion with numerous takes on length & just as many on volume. While the silhouettes were plentiful, the colors were not with the entire collection being created in a narrow palette of Taupes, Browns, Black & Cream. When two fur jackets came out in a rich Brown/Maroon, it seemed a bit out of place at first, but as the palette returned to the neutral story of the balance previous pieces, it was clear that the maroon was placed in the run of show simply to serve as a highlight & to emphasize the intent of the focused color range. Mr. Basso was clearly making a statement & a beautiful one it was.
Two pieces that warrant special mention are the crocodile bustier worn over the Taupe & Black lace dress to open the show & a matching crocodile peplum jackets with fur shawl collar. Both pieces truly were spectacular & showed definitive move forward for the collection.
For a designer who has built his career on fantastical furs, what was most noteworthy was the evening pieces that served as the foundational layer of the countless fur outerwear. They weren’t simply second thoughts, but rather substantial pieces all their own. The shrieks heard as Mr. Basso took his final bow were proof positive that his customers wholeheartedly approved & that his atelier will be busy in the coming weeks with fittings. Mission accomplished!
Designer Website: www.dennisbasso.com
Photos: Elvia Gobbo