A Moment with…Dennis Basso! The Designer Dishes On His Front Row and Fall/Winter 2017

by Sydney Sadick

Everyone from Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild to Hilary Rhoda, Lisa Rinna, and Tiffany Trump (and her security detail) attended Dennis Basso’s Fall/Winter 2017 show yesterday. We caught up with him backstage to hear about the front row and chat with devoted Basso attendees Rinna and husband Harry Hamlin.

Let’s talk FW17.
The collection is for the international modern woman and for the woman who likes fashion and likes to be elegant but she also likes a little bit of boho. There’s a touch of vintage, not a lot, but just to mix it all in so it’s rich and exciting. I think that’s what we’ve tried to achieve here: elegant and modern dressing.

You have another star-studded front row!
I love it! All the most interesting people. Lisa [Rinna], Harry [Hamlin], BryanBoy, the Hilton sisters, Tiffany Trump

How long have you known Tiffany?
Since she was born!

What’s it like to see her grow up?
She’s a lovely girl. For me, she’s Tiffany.

Have you dressed her before?
Yeah I have over the years. The political stuff has nothing to do with my relationships with people. I’ve known her since she was a baby, so it’s great.

Where’s Ivana?!
I don’t know, I think she’s actually out of town.

Have the Hiltons ever missed a show?
No! They’re like my babies. What does that make me? An adult-adult. I’ve known all these girls since they were kids!

What are you doing for fun these days?
Running around! I was just in Palm Beach a week ago for some parties and that was so great. All about work and play!



Plus! Front Row Chatter with Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 14: Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna attend the Dennis Basso collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

















You and Dennis are on QVC together.
Dennis and I often share a dressing room because Dennis and I both have the same manufacturer, so the most fun is when I get to share a dressing room with him because it’s like a party. Literally a full-on party. Jill Martin is sometimes there too. It’s a lot of fun.

Are you wearing Dennis right now?
I am. Try getting this jacket off of me. Dennis is fabulous. I need to wear more of his gowns though when I have events going on.

Did you see the piece on Delilah?
I did! Thank you so much. It was such a great piece. I loved it.

She’s adorable!
It’s crazy that it’s legit! I’m so proud because whenever your kids want to do something and you’re able to support them and be excited for them…it’s everything. This is what they want to do because our youngest one wants to do the same thing. They’re very great together as a team and support each other and help each other. They’re very close. I think Harry and I are just so proud to watch them do what they want to do.
Where’s Harry?
He’s coming, he’s just obsessed with CNN. He’s got it on his iPhone right now. He’s literally obsessed.
Harry: I’m here! The article was fantastic! Are you kidding? It was fabulous.

Harry, what do you think of your daughters’ budding success?
Harry: I’m a very proud dad. Here’s the thing. They’ve grown up since in the womb with fashion in their life. Before they were even born they were in Neiman Marcus and Barneys. It’s a natural evolution for them to go from being little babies to grown-up girls walking runways.

Are you into fashion?
Harry: Absolutely not!

You dress well?
Harry: Well, it’s accidental!

Lisa: I don’t even help him! I wish I could say that I do but I don’t. No one helps Harry Hamlin. It’s Harry Hamlin!

How often do you get to a fashion show, Harry?
If I were to spread it out over my life, I’d say once ever 10-20 years. I love Dennis. I just said to him, “Look at that beautiful coat!” And he looked at me and goes “Harry, you know it’s Valentine’s Day!” Only he could say that.


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