By Christine Benedetti | June 22, 2016 | Style & Beauty
With his youthful summer line, designer Dennis Basso brings Havana nights to the mountains.
Latin class: The New York Fashion Week runways sizzled afresh with colorful and vibrant ready-to-wear looks, a departure from the heavier, fur-laden pieces for which Dennis Basso is most famous.
As relations between Cuba and the United States warm, everyone is looking to the Caribbean island for inspiration, including Dennis Basso. The 61-year-old fashion designer—with stores in New York City, London, and inside Aspen’s five-star The Little Nell—has set aside his signature style (designed for cool-weather climates) to debut a summer line with “south of the border” inspirations. With the women of Havana, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro as muses, the collection features glamorous pieces inspired by the most cosmopolitan cities below the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
The line includes bold prints, hot colors, and subtle neutrals, with drop-waist tiered silhouettes, wrap tops, and handkerchief skirts, according to Emily Burnett, Basso’s design director. On the more elegant side, the embroidered gowns were designed for luxe affairs, while the high-cut floral shorts set the tone for sultry summer days. The overall effect is playful, as Basso sets his sights on a younger clientele—but that doesn’t mean he’s turning his back on the loyal ladies who return to his pieces each year.
By producing a collection that looks to the future while acknowledging classic styles from the past, Basso has fashioned a sizzling combination, just like those newfound friends: the United States and Cuba. 631 E. Durant Ave., 970-925-4499
Photography by Dan Lecca