DENNIS BASSO AW15’16 READY-TO-WEAR NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
Boho looks good on Dennis Basso. For Fall the designer spun his typically princess-y furs and ball gowns into something with more ’70s flash. The tweak worked wonders. “It’s about having a good time,” Basso said backstage. Inspired by the glamazons of the Studio 54 era, he showed slinky gold velvet dresses topped with coats in lynx and fox, velvet tunics paired with high-waist trousers, and even an extravagant take on a Baja hoodie, done in gray alligator and tipped in Russian lynx. Furs were decorated with chunky leather fringe, camouflaged or even tie-dyed to a surprisingly pleasing effect. Basso started working with Kate Young last season, and you can see the cool-girl stylist’s influence on the runway: accessorizing with long, thin silk scarves strengthened that disco vibe without looking dated.
Fur and eveningwear is still where it’s at for Basso. (There were plenty of brocade ball gowns and chinchilla toppers for the taking.) But his day looks were hard to brush aside this season. A pair of color-blocked trousers—alternating between black and a fuzzy gray wool—had a sensibly luxe appeal, while a long-sleeved sheer black dress, embroidered with stripes of beading, could easily do the day-to-night thing layered over a turtleneck.