There are two reasons I really don’t like going backstage before a show. One, I always feel I’m in the way. Let’s face it, nobody wants you there. Two, it ruins the element of surprise. However, when I was offered the chance to interview designer Dennis Basso before his presentation at the St. Regis on Tuesday, how could I refuse?
It was a gorgeous early fall day so I decided to walk from the Upper East Side to midtown with my trusty camera and comfortable Stuart Weitzman shoes. By the time I was taken backstage most of the models were dressed and Dennis Basso was prepping them with his team.
I had about 2 minutes to interview Mr. Basso so I came up with the most original question I could think of to ask a designer. “What was your inspiration for this collection?” He looked at me totally bored and recited, “Deauville in the 60’s.” in his deep, raspy voice. ‘Deauville, France (I knew it was France, by the way) was a glamorous seaside resort where high society and the finest families vacationed every summer in the 60’s. Women dressed to the nines for dinner and sat outside smoking cigarettes and drinking champagne in their finest attire and jewels, while the men dressed in black tie gambled inside.”
So then I asked, “tell me about the color palette and fabrics. Is there any fur?” He didn’t look at me and answered “The colors reflect on the sea and the night sky, so you will see shades of blue, blush, champagne (of course) and pearl. Each design has hand-embroidery and the fabrics include chiffon, silk organza, lace and some broadtail, sable and chinchilla.”
And like that, my interview was over. Incidentally I learned the makeup was Kabuki and the makeup team was from Sephora. Hair was done by the John Bartlett Hair Team from Brrgdorf Goodman.
Now for the presentation…
– Lauren Dimet Waters
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