September 08, 2008
East Coast blue-blood weekend places were on Dennis Basso's mind this season: Nantucket, Newport, and Southampton in the seventies, specificallyand the result was a rethink of that era's "patio and terrace" dressing, as he put it before the show. June evenings lounging on white wicker don't usually necessitate the furs Basso is known for, but he managed to work his calling-card pieces into the recipe by keeping them light and ocean-breezy. Russian broadtail boleros were ribboned with lace and worn over flouncy chiffon dresses in garden prints and shades of pink. There were a few too many flounces, but unexpected details, like a skinny lime-green python belt tied over a pretty batik dress, kept things fresh.