June 10, 2014 New York
And glam they were. But to give otherwise ornate pieces a beachy ease, Basso used casual materials. On one gown, a crystal-encrusted top and cummerbund were connected to a full skirt made out of a bamboo-woven scuba. A linen column dress was decorated with rows of white grosgrain, crystals, and embroidery. And a traditional ball gown was done in a black-and-white-check gazar, paired with a buttery black leather jacket. To incorporate his signature fur in a light way, Basso topped the day looks with long, swingy vests made from strips of blond sable and laser-cut leather.
Sometimes Basso's references can go a bit overboard, but for Resort he managed to keep them in check. For the most part. A series of pink, yellow, and green looks had just enough retro tinge, especially a white-on-white plaid linen gown with a cascading ruffle and just a little embroidery. The multicolored snake vest it was paired with, on the other hand, took exotics to a place even the most flamboyant dresser might be wary of. Basso fared better with a short-sleeved alligator jacket in a subdued bisque—the pleating at the waist made it pretty.