September 13, 2011 New York
With Grace Kelly and her Riviera cohorts on his mind, Basso went straight for the glamour. "Young women were dressed up la-di-da-da in those days," the designer said, by way of explanation, as the first look came out. A cropped patent-leather bomber—reflective as a mirror and cuffed with chinchilla—came perched atop a hand-embroidered organza pencil skirt. Hard and soft, modern and classic, it struck a chic balance. Hand-painted turkey feathers were flirty on a kicky satin chiffon frock; dripping down the hem of a drop-waist, floor-skimming gown, they were flat-out fabulous. Basso has made a concerted effort over the last few seasons to augment his decadent furs with cocktail attire worthy of wearing under them. He's found his groove. Brides, get ready.