After several seasons of including more and more ready-to-wear in his fur collections, Dennis Basso put evening clothes front and center — and they had plenty of glamour on their own. Beautiful handwork (“made in Long Island City!” Basso kept exclaiming), such as gold-leaf piping, fringe, ostrich feathers and crystal and bead embroidery, was the dominant statement. Short organza dresses, their skirts layered for a crinoline effect, were seamed in gold, and one particularly dramatic version was paired with a matching gold-seam capelet. Long silk fringe, often an unfortunate detail, was made elegant and fun, particularly on a hand-embroidered ombré silk sheath and gown. Of course, fur wasn’t totally absent, but it served more as an accent than the main attraction, such as the lapis broadtail trench over a chiffon gown.

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