To get going on Spring 2015, Dennis Basso started thinking about the time he visited Monte Carlo in the late ’60s with his parents. He was in middle school and already obsessed with fashion. “The women were wearing ball gowns and little fur jackets during the day and short shorts for dinner!” he said. “The hair was bigger; the makeup was stronger. They were really taking charge of their look.”
That spirit led Basso to lamé tunic dresses—worn either alone or with skinny trousers—and a cropped jacket in pink broadtail paired with a teensy lamé romper. Sixties-tinged, to be sure, but not overly retro. The designer offered plenty of pretty ball gowns, too, either in a rose-printed white gazar, or gray cloque embossed with peach flowers.