February 14, 2011 New York
Huge hoods were a new addition, too; these are coats meant to be worn on a bitingly cold day, not puff pieces for draping over your shoulders on the way to the car. Those sweater dresses, which also came in mohair, had a winningly homespun quality (again, think relatively here). Hand-crocheted or, in the case of the cashmere number, sewn onto mesh, they were a convincing alternative to the shimmery finery Basso usually slips under his furs. But perhaps the best example of Basso's tougher Fall look was the pair of mid-calf kidassia skirts, one in a gorgeous gunmetal ombre. Less lustrous than fox or mink, the goat hair had a raw quality and a deep, sexy, textured depth. Women like that, too.