For Fall, Winter 2012, Basso takes a ride on The Orient Express, as he conjures up visions of grand travel, luxury, mysterious destinations, fabulous women, swathed in furs, beautiful clothing and opulent jewels. The color palette for the furs and clothing includes taupe, de rigeuer black, gray, white, navy, and a not-seen-before shade of opal, along with the introduction of a strong shade of Cayenne as a strong accent color.
Basso always treats his furs as important, but there is that special twist of a light, airy, playful feeling; cashmere linings, oversized hoods, toggle closures, for example. Russian Sable, Broadtail, Ermine, Lynx, Chinchilla and Fox stand on their own, or designed in more unexpected combinations. Broadtail trench coats are seen trapunto-stitched or backed with cashmere, to create a more luxurious, double-face look.
Either as a companion to the outre aura of the furs, or worn solo, hand-beaded evening gowns sparkle plenty with Swarovski crystal accents and glass beading. Silhouettes embrace the body by way of wrapped waistlines, trapeze shapes and fitted sheaths; many of which are seen embroidered for cocktail time, or done up in cashmere for day. Richest fabrics, such as gazar, silk-satin, georgette and organza, move and flow with the wearer.
Basso Hits All the Furry Notes!
Photos by M. McKenzie
As Basso notes in his run-of-show: “So, I took the journey and translated that feeling of glamorous evenings and special days for today’s modern, international woman who wants to feel feminine and romantic.” –ADWB, C&C editor-at-large