Fashion Show Review: Dennis Basso 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

by Phillip D. Johnson

Runway Images provided by HL Group

The Dennis Basso 2013 Fall/Winter Collection shown at Lincoln Center this February marked the beginning of his celebrating 30 years in the fashion business– and what a glorious celebration it was. While he named style icons such as Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness, Millicent Rogers and CZ Guest— “All women who were not afraid of putting their personal signature on what they wore“– this was not an occasion of a designer looking back. This collection, with a multitude of favored (and present) clients and well-wishers looking on, was all about looking to the future and the greatness yet to come. The color palette, featuring shades of evergreen, French grey, tones of blue, sheer black, ivory and hints of chartreuse, was sophisticated and classy. There were metallic plaid on tweed, plaid sequins on chiffon, and plaid combined with embroidery in ivory and black on tulle. Lace, duchess satin, organza and washed velvets made up the bulk of the collection in deep box pleats and knee grazing skirts with fitted bodices. The touch of alligator leather (in form-fitting blazers) was edgy and fashion-forward.

Dennis Basso 2013 Fall-Winter Collection - Images Provided by HL Group

Dennis Basso 2013 Fall-Winter Collection – Images Provided by HL Group

Mr. Basso is known for his magnificent work with animal skins and this celebratory collection was chuck full of sumptuous jackets, capes and coats: sable coats, chinchilla sporty anorak coats, vented micro-sheared mink and broadtail with alligator detailing. Nothing here was over-the-top or less than perfect. The collection was a seamless mix of glamour and tailored sophistication that today’s modern women are looking for; and the best is yet come.

Dennis Basso 2013 Fall-Winter Collection - Images Provided by HL Group

Dennis Basso 2013 Fall-Winter Collection – Images Provided by HL Group

Dennis Basso 2013 Fall-Winter Collection - Images Provided by HL Group

Dennis Basso 2013 Fall-Winter Collection – Images Provided by HL Group

Dennis Basso 2013 Fall-Winter Collection - Images Provided by HL Group

Dennis Basso 2013 Fall-Winter Collection – Images Provided by HL Group

Dennis Basso 2013 Fall-Winter Collection - Images Provided by HL Group

Dennis Basso 2013 Fall-Winter Collection – Images Provided by HL Group

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Fall/Winter 2013 New York Fashion Week Review: Ralph Rucci

Written by Phillip D. Johnson

Runway Images provided by Rosina Rucci

Everyone already knows that Ralph Rucci is the king of obsessing over the smallest details within his designs. With each new collection, he strives to be as close to perfection as he can get and he often achieves it. It’s often said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but –with no offense to Mr. Rucci– he’s an “old dog” that not only demonstrates new tricks each season, he also guides others to new levels of sophistication in their own designs. Truth be told, he’s forgotten (and improved upon) more design tricks than the average New York-based designer even has in his or her arsenal– and he’s only just begun.

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

(In fact, while it would be foolish to say that he owns the patent on any one design concept,  I found clear examples of the Rucci Style in several other collections at Lincoln Center, where the cut of a jacket or the fit of a pant took my mind right back to the master himself. )

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

Ralph Rucci 2013 Fall-Winter Collection (Provided by Rosina rucci of Ralph Rucci)

There has been a lot of changes in the Ralph Rucci world recently: The studio/showroom/office moved to a new location, a new CEO came onboard, improved backroom operations, a new furniture collection with Holly Hunt (https://fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/holly-hunt-launches-ralph-rucci-collection-for-holly-hunt/), new outside investment in the brand and talk of a Ralph Rucci fragrance (about time!). But the surest signs that there’s sustained growth (especially on the design front) is the way in which he has managed to growth as a designer without losing sight of the brand’s DNA or its core customer base). Within the last three years, he has set his sights on attracting a younger client base and his 2013 Fall/Winter collection was where it all came together in its most glorious bloom. Continue reading

Fashion Show Review: Clover Canyon 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Written by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

Images Photographed at The Box at Lincoln Center by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

Clover Canyon 2013 Fall/winter Collection (Phillip Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com)

Clover Canyon 2013 Fall/winter Collection (Phillip Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com)

Designed and produced in Los Angeles, the CLOVER CANYON Creative team has a shared passion for traveling and art, original prints and hand-engineering design that frames and enhances a women’s body. They endeavor, with each seasonal collection, to take their customers to a new and beautiful place. In their capable hands, new technology meets old world craftsmanship as garments are designed, patterned, cut and sewn in-house.

Clover Canyon 2013 Fall/winter Collection (Phillip Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com)

Clover Canyon 2013 Fall/winter Collection (Phillip Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com)

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PURINA ONE® TEAMS UP WITH TRACY REESE TO SHOWCASE THE TRUE NATURE™ OF CATS AT 2013 FALL/WINTER NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Purina ONE launches True Nature of Cats with a leash-trained cat at  New York Fashion Week.  (PRNewsFoto/Purina ONE)

Purina ONE launches True Nature of Cats with a leash-trained cat at New York Fashion Week at the 2013 Fall/Winter Fashion Show. (PRNewsFoto/Purina ONE)

Purina ONE® showed the world how to really work the runway, turning heads at the 2013 FALL/WINTER NEW YORK FASHION WEEK at New York City’s LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS with cats on leashes during the 2013 FALL/WINTER TRACY REESE Collection Show this past Sunday.

As part of the PURINA ONE brand cat food’s TRUE NATURE™ OF CATS MOVEMENT and the launch of PURINA ONE® SMARTBLEND® HEALTHY METABOLISM™ WET AND DRY FORMULAS, Purina ONE joined forces with cat (and animal) lover, TRACY REESE, in challenging misconceptions about cats, beginning with the idea they can’t be leash-trained.

Purina ONE and designer Tracy Reese, left, showcase the True Nature of cats during the Tracy Reese Fall 2013 show at Fashion Week as part of their Healthy Metabolism launch, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina ONE/AP Images)

Purina ONE and designer Tracy Reese, left, showcase the True Nature of cats during the Tracy Reese Fall 2013 show at Fashion Week as part of their Healthy Metabolism launch, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina ONE/AP Images)

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