Backstage, Dennis Basso expounded on this season's woman. "She loves to go out," he said. "She travels. She does special occasion. No pants."

No pants? Had Basso gone Gaga? Not exactly.

The furrier is simply sticking strictly to evening, a category in which his swish clientele excels. There were the usual Basso-isms: a Russian golden sable and alligator skin "shoulder ruffle," slung across the breastbone like a musket, because hey, why not? Chinchilla, dyed a mint green, was interspersed with silk net on a duster that actually bounced as the model breezed by—that's how light it was. A cropped alligator vest in subtly varying shades of blue was pitched at a younger customer, as were the cutouts (some inlaid with sheer, shiny neoprene) that broke up necklines and revealed bits of torso. The dresses with cutouts weren't as successful as the more elegant options, but maybe there's something here for Lady G, after all.