Dennis Basso Fall 2010

Where & When: Tuesday, February 16 at 3 p.m., the Promenade, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: I hate to break it to my anti-fur readers, but fur has been everywhere this season. Of course I was expecting it at Dennis Basso--for security purposes, my bag was searched twice before I even entered the Promenade--but it was all over the Basso runway, from broadtail and mink to sable and even crocodile (not a fur, I know, but an exotic skin nonetheless). The majority of the looks were either fur coats, evening gowns, or a mixture of the two; one gets the feeling that Basso's clients don't really have the need for daytime clothes--but, then again, with furs this fabulous, who's looking at what else you have on? Some of the furs were so overwhelmingly voluminous that they had a Chewbacca-like effect; I preferred the cropped and sheared numbers for their more subtle--but no less beautiful--shapes.
Standout Look: Granted, no one buys a fur to look thin (you buy a fur to look rich!), but this cropped version had a lovely tapered effect that emphasized the waist, thanks to a wide band of leather trim along the hem. Pairing it with a simple jersey sheath dress provided a chic blank canvas for showcasing the fur.
Bonus Points: The soundtrack featured a surprisingly hip (albeit several months old) mix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Muse. Also, I was seated directly across from reality stars Nole Marin, Giuliana Rancic, and Carson Kressly; the Vogue crew, complete with Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley, was on the other side of the runway.
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