9 Looks from Dennis Basso’s Victorian-Inspired Pre-Fall 2017 Collection

by Sydney Sadick

Velvet! Embroidery! Lace! Sequins! And of course, fur! Dennis Basso’s Pre-Fall 2017 collection is filled with evening-wear galore, which come in fresh, unique fabrics and colors that will excite the modern girl and luxury-seeking woman. The inspiration for the range was Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre—think romantic yet dark, mysterious vibes—along with the idea of today’s strong, modern woman. “I think there are a lot of strong women out there—that’s become the vogue!” the designer told The Daily at his Upper East Side studio. As for who’s particularly inspirational to the designer these days? “From heads of state in Europe to women here, or even women in show business who are making a political stance, I think there are lots to choose from!”

Standouts from the collection include a wild floral printed chiffon, embroidered antique book cover dresses, and gowns and furs that are adorned with quotes from Victorian literature. “I love all of the details [this season] but I particularly love the dresses with the embroidery,” he said of the range. “I think the owl sort of speaks volumes in the way it’s positioned on the hip [of one of the dresses]—there’s also a bird on the back. I think it has a great message.”

Plus, the designer filled us in on where he’s headed for the holidays. “I am going to be in Watermill celebrating Christmas, and then we go to Aspen. I have a boutique there, and we’re going to have a big event with the Aspen Art Museum.” Mark your calendars!

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