"This season the Dennis Basso woman unexpectedly finds herself at a glamorous all-night bash at a country house," the designer told us backstage ahead of his show. Unexpected, yet she somehow seems to have packed all the party essentials for a woman of her stature: a sweeping gown, a couple of cocktail dresses, a casual fur (hooded for a cosy walk in the woods) and a dressy sable should the party decide to move elsewhere.
These are serious garments for women who love old-world glamour and, judging by the number of clients in the audience, are still very much in demand despite today's propensity for fast fashion. New to the mix was a heftier dose of ready-to-wear outside of the furs and gowns - cigarette trousers, lacy bustier tops, shift dresses cinched at the waist and a series of sharp jackets all appeared. Tones remained earthy, with chocolate browns, minks, moss greens and burgundies dominating.
"Dennis just gets it; well, he certainly does where our customers are concerned! More was certainly more. Dennis showed his usual array of fabulous outerwear but we saw a distinct shift into a full ready-to-wear collection with the usual 'I've arrived' gowns and many chic daytime looks for those who travel by jet," said Helen David, Harrods Chief Merchant, of the show.