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.
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.