If you think fur is morally reprehensible or just tacky, I’d advise you to avert your eyes ASAP and move on to the next post. Lynx, kidassia (long goat hair), fox, broadtail, chinchilla, and alligator all made appearances at the Dennis Basso show. Dennis Basso is, first and foremost, a furrier.
And let me tell you, his rabid fans were eating it up. I was in Aspen over the holidays this year and saw firsthand at his store there the amount of adoration that this man’s wares produce. He has groupies. And they were out in full force at Lincoln Center to support his fall collection.
There were so many “moments” in the show:
-Waiting to get in, I heard two “ladies of a certain age” behind me say: “That picture of Dennis [over the door] is absolutely stunning.”
-The front row: Star Jones, Hoda Kotb from the “Today Show”, Kelly Rutherford, and Johnny Weir. Of course. The Cut tweeted that Johnny told them the show gave him a “fur-gasm.”
-The first line of the show notes: “Fall and winter, for me, are my favorite seasons to design for.” Duh. Although I would love a fur bikini.
-The collection was an interpretation of traditional men’s haberdashery and heavy on texture. Basso’s craftsmanship is phenomenal.
-Even the non-fur pieces looked like fur. Big poufs of chiffon showed up on skirts and looked, well, furry.
-The cashmere cable knits were gorgeous and luxe.
-Marigold chinchilla and alligator jacket: send one to Fashionista right now, Dennis. Or to Rihanna’s house.
-Holy crap, there was a lot of bad plastic surgery in the audience. If everyone can see that you’ve had plastic surgery, doesn’t that defeat the purpose?
For a few minutes on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it was Dennis’ world and we were just visiting.
**All photos: IMAXTREE