The Dennis Basso Spring 2018 collection celebrated the 35th anniversary of the designer in fashion and took place in the Grand Ballroom of the breathtaking Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York. It was the perfect venue for the 71-look runway show that celebrated the international woman who has traveled the world to exotic and interesting places.
“Over the 35 years, I’ve met so many spectacular, strong, and glamorous women,” Basso said in the show’s notes. ” As this collection was designed, I reflected on this amazing journey and I hope that I can transport you with me.”
Indeed he did just that. The opening number was a hand embroidered Moroccan mini dress, and as the show went on he was focused on the classics — mini and midi dresses, elaborately embroidered; furs in mink, fox and lynx added to chiffon and tulle.
Basso’s strength has always been ball gowns and furs, and he showed plenty of those as well. A few noteworthy numbers included a nude floral embroidered V neck gown, a chiffon perfection with a high slit, and a hand embroidered mesh gown, all of which will perfectly appealed to the front row of ladies who lunch like RHOBH Lisa Rinna (whose daughter Amelia Hamlin made her runway debut, and opened and closed the show), RHONY Ramona Singer, and The Bachelorette’s Rachel Lindsay.
In a sea of pretty gowns, chiffons and furs, one question still remains: How will Basso bridge the gap between his babyboomer base and the new generation of Millennials.