Dennis Basso started his show with a moment of silence for his friend and customer, Joan Rivers. His spring collection would likely have appealed to the late comedian, who loved no-holds-barred glamour.
But Basso also wants to appeal to a younger clientele, and the line took a step in that direction. His inspiration was the jet-setters who frequented the Mediterranean resorts of the late Sixties. “This woman wore shorts to dinner and long dresses for lunch; she wore a fur shawl on the terrace in the middle of summer,” He achieved this look in an easy and definitely more youthful way than in the past, with embroidered rompers, a capri pants set and a floaty hand-embroidered petal gown. His fans know they can expect over-the-top furs and he delivered, with a mink and broadtail mosaic tunic and an alligator and mink vest.