Summary: I am accustomed to seeing Dennis Basso shows at the tents, but I have to admit I was not totally against going to the St. Regis to see his Spring ’13 collection. I used to stay there as a little girl with my family when we would make annual shopping trips to New York City, so I was looking forward to walking down memory lane. Now, truth be told, I love Basso furs, so his spring collections don’t usually take my breath away like his fall collections do. I had to get to the show a bit early as I had an appointment to interview Mr. Basso. As said interview lasted all of two minutes, I spent another 30 minutes waiting around the penthouse for the show to begin, getting crushed by pushy photographers and socialites.
Now, the penthouse of the St. Regis is spectacular, but within 10 minutes after the start of the presentation, the room was jam packed with some of the scariest people I have ever seen. Somehow it was not befitting of the clothes and made the whole presentation seem a bit tacky and unseemly. I was able to see first-hand the botched face-lifts and over-inflated lips of the Upper East Side clientele which adore Mr. Basso, but are probably, like me, accustomed to seeing his clothes slink down the runway.
Forget daywear and suits, this collection is soley for the woman who has some MAJOR events to attend. We are talking full-frontal evening here. Dennis Basso was inspired by the seaside resort of Deauville, France inn the 60’s. Women dressed to the nines as did their husbands. So the dresses were huge and the embellishments aplenty! In fact, the few fur stoles and wraps he showed paled in comparison. My personal favorites were the fitted champagne and ombre embroidered and fringed gowns and knee-length dresses. The poofier the skirt, the less I liked it. For once the black dresses were not my favorites and the two metallic blue gowns looked more prom than society.
Colors: soft white, champagne, pale yellow, rose gold, silver, metallic rose gold, lavender, blue-lavender, ice-blue, sapphire blue, black
Fabrics & Textures: tulle, point d’esprit, hand embroidery,lace, fringe, broadtail, sable, Chinchilla, ostrich feathers, ombre,
Key Looks: metallic and lace rose gold gown; metallic rose gold hand embroidered gown; champagne hand embroidered ombre fringe dress; blue-lavender hand embroidered lace dress; pale yellow and bronze hand embroidered ombre fringe dress.
– Lauren Dimet Waters
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