Runway Report: Dennis Basso

For spring/summer 2014, Dennis Basso turned to chic fifties silhouettes and Hollywood starlets in their heyday for inspiration. This collection wasn’t ‘vintage’, rather a more modern-day adaptation full of perky day and evening-wear combinations.

With a core monochrome palette, symmetrical linear patterns and abstract florals danced across cocktail dresses and debutante-worthy full skirts.  Later in the collection an Americana beach palette of hot orange and powder blue added interest whilst pale candy tones set the tone for beautiful occasion wear comprised of one bandeau, full-length dress and one similar but in a simple shift shape taking us from night back to day.

Appealing proportions were key here – boxy yet slim jackets and vests were used to provide a little edge, worn over figure-skimming dresses from beautifully flowing wrap-around styles to prom-style shapes covered in exquisite embroidery.

As one of America’s masters of furs and skins, a dramatic touch had to be added somewhere. This season, broadtail was used on cute vests and gilets whilst subtle but sumptuous sleeve trims were also sporadically placed. Alligator skin also put in an appearance, creating chic biker vests and panelled jackets.

Simple camisole-topped slips filtered in for the finale, the block black and white styles both wearable and covetable. This season’s offering concluded with a stunning full-skirted gown complete with a giant sketchy floral adorning every inch.

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