Three Generations of Dennis Basso: NYFW Spring Summer 2020

Dennis Basso has been taking the fashion industry by storm for the last three decades. With a variety of collections featuring everything from brilliant bridal gowns to extravagant evening wear to fluffy fur details, Basso dresses celebrities and “regular” people alike. Although he’s well known for dressing stars on the red carpet, such as Naomi Campbell, and in films such as Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, he also has a collaboration with QVC that allows for women to access fashionable and sophisticated pieces without breaking their banks. 

In his Spring 2019 Ready-To-Wear collection, Basso incorporated a lot of light monochromatic colors with a few pops of red that served as the focal point for various pieces. Basso used symmetrical and asymmetrical techniques in a lot of his works that helped create a sense of drama and sophistication to the line itself. In this collection, Basso strayed from his usual eye-catching embellishments and focused on the wearability aspect of the pieces. Will this trend remain a constant in Dennis Basso fashion, or will his exuberant, sparkling designs make a reappearance for his Spring Summer 2020 collection?

On September 11, 2019, Dennis Basso’s “Handmade in New York City” 2020 collection was revealed at Spring Studios. Following the lead of his previous collection, Basso left the extravagant embellishments at home and continued to design clothes with the intention of wearability. 

One thing that stood out to me while watching his show was his use of patterns throughout a majority of the pieces in the first half of the line. The patterns he designed are soft, detailed and feminine making them perfect to wear for a day at the office, or even a night out. With a large focus on different shades of blue, Basso was able to portray a cohesive feeling of light airiness throughout the entire line. 

The second half of the line featured more monochromatic shades of black and white with more subtle details and patterns. However, there were still a few designs in this half that brought out major Aztec vibes which I thought was a really great concept for summer. The silhouettes mostly remained constant throughout the whole collection. Flattering fit and flares were the most constant, and sheath dresses came to a close second. Most of the designs were dresses, with the exception of a few shorts or pants here and there. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this collection. I love how Dennis Basso is transitioning his brand into more wearable pieces for the average everyday woman. The designs are all stunning, and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.