What better way for a designer to celebrate a milestone anniversary than to fete it on the catwalk? For the big 3-0, the king of fabulous furs paid tribute to a few American fashion icons of yesteryear, namely Babe Paley and C.Z. Guest, both of whom Basso says "embodied the glamour that has inspired me throughout my career."
The superchic socialites possessed unequivocally exquisite taste, and their elegant influence was decidedly discernible through Basso’s interpretation. There were several flirty 50’s-style full-skirted taffeta frocks (with pockets!) along with a few long-sleeve, knee-length sparkly sheaths. It seemed as if the renowned furrier was in the midst of yearning for a time when less equaled more, fashion-wise.
Or was he?
In a somewhat stark (but still sophisticated) contrast, one may consider a few of the looks that took to the catwalk to be a tad too risqué for the likes of Paley and Guest. In fact, we’re willing to bet their vast wardrobes never included gowns with incredibly deep u-shaped necklines or sheer bodices with bits of embroidery covering their bosoms.
Then again, if they did, they could just cover their modesty with one of Basso’s outerwear pieces. While the crocodile jackets and vests added an interesting twist to his eveningwear, the fur toppers were the real winners as usual. They were trotted out in a variety of forms, cuts and colors--chinchilla, fox, sable and mink; coats, vests, stoles and capes; brown, blue, citrine and purple.
All in all, his autumn/winter collection proved to be a delightful trip down memory lane. Cheers Mr. Basso--here’s to thirty more!