Dennis Basso went wild with his fall fur collection. But not before he took a more subdued approach with a lippi cat flared coat over a lace and silk dress and a black lace dress, hugged by a wide crocodile corset.
The designer then followed his more flamboyant instincts with what he calls, “untamed boho elegance,” marrying black ermine and iridescent feathers in a sable-edged cape — the most elegant, if not the flashiest of the mixes. He also combined chinchilla, sable and fox in an easy wrap overcoat. “I feel this mix is an evolution,” he said. “By working with furs in an unorthodox way, they become more modern.”
Basso may be best known as a fur designer, but he’s moved effortlessly over the past few years into eveningwear — often shown under his furs or given equal emphasis when worn solo. For instance, floaty or lean gowns in hand-embroidered gold lace, Champagne tulle or gold-embroidered damask all stood beautifully on their own. Basso took the dazzle down a pitch with stark and slender knee-length dresses in panne velvet or lace and the unfettered look of an ivory charmeuse jumpsuit — dressed up, of course, under a lavish lynx wrap.