Dennis Basso Spring 2010

Where & When: Tuesday, September 15th at 3 p.m., the Promenade, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: Dennis Basso has been providing fur coats for society ladies since the '80s; I was a bit puzzled as to why he was showing a spring collection, but it looks like he'd like to be dressing his clients as well. I think the pretty, colorful party dresses that he sent down the runway will definitely do the trick. Inspired by Degas' ballerinas, Basso incorporated iridescent fabrics--ranging from gold to midnight blue to watercolor floral prints--as well as asymmetrical one-shoulder necklines and full, dancer-like skirts. Yes, there was fur: It turned up in swingy short-sleeved coats and adorable shrugs, all of which will keep the chill away on cool spring nights. Degas' ballerinas may not have worn fur, but Basso's certainly will.
Standout Look: In a season where there has been much discussion about designers skimping on fabrics in order to lower prices, Basso's dresses looked expensive (and probably will be). This iridescent purple style photographed beautifully, as did many of the dresses, an important consideration for those planning on wearing these looks during the social season.
Bonus Points: I ended up sitting with my fellow blogger The Shophound, and we spent the show trying to gauge the reactions of the Botoxed ladies-who-lunch sitting across the aisle from us. Also in the front row: Joan Rivers, Carol Alt, Beverly Johnson, and Mary Louise Parker.
Where to Buy: Dennis Basso boutiques worldwide; click here to find one near you.

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