There were seasons past when it looked like furrier Dennis Basso would be wise to stick to his roots, but for fall he got a real feel for ready-to-wear. A young and sporty vibe was best demonstrated in the great pleated skirts, as well as the bold cable-knit sweaters and dresses in cashmere or mohair earth tones. They, along with the long jersey gowns, looked terrific with Basso’s subdued sable or chinchilla coats, broadtail and fisher anoraks and even some of his quirkier fur mixes, the latter demonstrated in au sauvage pieces that paired two or more traditional furs with super-long-haired ones, such as kidassia and bassarisk. Yes, they were amusing — and some even beautiful — but a few of the more lavish combos (lynx belly, sable and alligator, for instance) were a bit overdone. But Basso is the consummate showman and his ladies don’t come to him looking for the ordinary.

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