There is something very refreshing in the trends of Spring/Summer 2017 presented in New York Fashion Week. Many designers embraced a new version of a strong woman – the one that is very comfortable in her own skin, determined to make her own decisions and not afraid of her sexuality. Dennis Basso’s collection epitomized all of the above. The inspiration for his S/S 2017 collection, shown at The Arc at Moynihan Station, is The Modern World Voyager – a romantic fantasy of a woman exploring the globe. She is carefree, relaxed in the changing environments, and basks in the sense of life’s adventures.
On the runway we saw the models with minimal make-up and lightly tussled hair, as if walking off the tarmac. The silhouettes are billowing, achieved by layers, drapes and pleats of fine lames, chiffons and georgettes. Luxurious furs – Russian ermine, sable and Lynx – were carelessly thrown over the shoulders, or interlaced with chiffon. Embroidered threadwork and dainty crystals decorated gowns of tulle and point d’esprit. Neck scarves, tied in the back, fluttered in the air as models walked the runway, conjuring images of the Golden Era of Hollywood.
The color scheme further conveys effortless comfort. Shades of earthy neutrals, warm whites and shimmery soft metallic permeated the presentation. Soft and sheer fabrics were intermingled with subtle suede. Camel suede cocktail dresses made a beautiful juxtaposition to sheer lace pieces.
Overall, the collection is the incarnation of effortless luxury – a fantasy of romantic adventure and discovery – a “dream come true”.