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New York Fashion Week

Dennis Basso AW17

Dennis Basso AW17 Gretty

Romance and global freedom seemed to be the two themes on New York designers' minds, including Dennis Basso, who, for Autumn/Winter 2017 was inspired by the international woman "on romantic journeys through textured landscapes, embracing worldly moments with a carefree mind".

A master of eveningwear and fur, the designer's approach felt more contemporary this season – one only had to look at Basso and Bryan Boy snapchatting backstage to see the youthful spirit behind the house. So too were the clothes, which were infused with a touch of boho and included pleated jumpsuits, slit-skirted trousers (a pretty perfect hybrid, if you ask us) and lamé gowns embroidered with compass symbols for a literal interpretation of the global traveller. "Women want their eveningwear modern," the designer revealed, echoing what fellow eveningwear designer Jenny Packham told us just days before.

All of this while keeping Basso's Upper East Side clientele delighted with sable coats, shrunken alligator jackets, georgette dresses and carpet-sweeping velvet gowns.

"Basso outdid himself, again. Exit after exit of stunning entrance-wowing evening gowns in a sophisticated, muted colour palette, with some of the most exquisite furs to ever have walked a runway: new vertical techniques on sable and floor sweeping 'I've arrived' furs in lynx, broadtail, and, of course, perennial favourite – sable," said Harrods Chief Merchant Helen David, of the show.

  • Dennis Basso AW17 Getty
  • Dennis Basso AW17 Getty