Dennis Basso Resort 2015

With a very concise collection for Resort 2015, Dennis Basso – who typically loves to make dramatically fun statements with his pieces – kept a neutral soft tone this season. Sure, there were some brief exceptions – like a yellow, hot pink and lime green snake number – however, with his inspiration coming from the seaside towns of the Italian Riviera the calm of Capri seemed to take over the rest of his chic and lavish pieces.

The craftsmanship and touches of luxurious materials that Mr. Basso is known (and adored) for were certainly present except along with the glamour came a burst of natural fibers of a different sort. Other than the gorgeous broadtail, sable and laser-cut alligator which were converted into swinging vests and cropped jackets there was an abundance of linen, cotton voile and bamboo fastened into sheath dresses and gowns to provide the “casual yet luxurious” state of mind Basso was aiming for.

Although not as “loud” with color this time around, the attention to detail made the eye dance just as much, as it was tricked into believing it was seeing things from afar that were much different once up close. For example, burned sequins mirrored the look of seashells as they cascaded down a lace and tulle gown and white grosgrain beading somehow appeared like simple embroidery standing out in patterns on charcoal linen. Color did make an entrance in some pieces but where it kept true to theme was in the form of embellishment as pale pink, green and yellow crystals delicately melded into one another on bodices of white evening wear.

Jillian Magenheim is a writer, editor and a digital media/PR consultant for fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on twitter @Magenhaz

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