Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12. Dennis Basso: Mystery on the Orient Express

February 14, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12

Summary: I have been hesitant to write my review since I was bombarded with hatred from anti-fur zealots for saying I liked Dennis Basso‘s collection on Twitter! I was called some seriously nasty names. I love Dennis Basso’s looks (fur and ready-to-wear).  I feel if you don’t like meat, don’t eat it. If you don’t like fur, don’t wear it. It’s your choice, but please don’t threaten others for their choices. Anyway, for Basso’s Fall ’12 collection we were off on a journey aboard the Orient-Express. The sound of a whistle blowing and the train cases were the giveaway. The designer admits he longs for the days when a woman traveled in style with nothing but her carry-on case containing only her jewelry and cosmetics. So Basso himself took the journey and translated the feeling of glamorous evenings and special days for today’s modern, international woman who wants to ooze femininity. He didn’t disappoint.

What I find interesting is that it seemed every designer showed fur this season, yet Basso bears the brunt of the protests because it’s expected. Yet, if you really know Basso, you know he has dabbled in ready-to-wear the past few seasons with great success. It only seems fair if others are now invading his turf. The gowns were just as luxurious as the furs. Yet, it’s the fur that separates Basso from the rest. Nobody designs fur like he does. I can spot a Basso fur coat from a mile away. This season the show stopper was the bright orange (Cayenne) sable coat. There is no denying orange is everywhere for Fall ’12. Then again his fur cashmere-lined puffer jacket and quartz-colored chinchilla vest with deep cashmere patch pockets was a showstopper too. I also loved the hair which was a low side pony paired with an orange lip.  Let the haters hate. I loved this collection.

Color Palette: white, natural, opal, alabaster, smoke, topaz, rose quartz, smoky quartz, labordorite, sapphire, navy, hematite, cayenne, natural topaz, natural hematite, aquamarine, ombre silver, black

Fabrics & Textures: silk georgette, silk organza, silk chiffon, silk tulle, cashmere, double-faced cashmere, double-faced Russian broadtail, Russian sable, Russian ermine, Finn raccoon, chinchilla, lynx, fox, python, embroidery, crystal quartz

Key Looks: rose quartz hand embroidered silk organza dress; aquamarine Lippi, fox, and hematite broadtail coat with a cashmere skirt; cayenne chinchilla and lynx jacket; white finn raccoon and python jacket with a black ombre embroidered dress; ombre sliver and black hand embroidered gown; black embroidered tulle gown with natural Russian barguzin sable vest; cayenne lynx and topaz sable coat with a cayenne embroidered silk dress; hematite two-toned cashmere coat with a sapphire embroidered gown.

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Photos: NYMag

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