Finding a bridal gown that will live up to our fantastical expectations is no easy task, yet Dennis Basso, the god of glamour, has made this predicament rather easy for us mere mortals. Last week, I attended the Dennis Basso Spring 2014 Collection for Kleinfeld runway show. I am often amazed by the intricate detail that goes into each carefully crafted garment of his. The collection was replete with rich embellishments such as exquisite beading- literally thousands of hand-sewn tiny beads, gorgeous lace and embroidered bodices. Dresses ranged in fabrication and silhouettes from layers of Italian silk organza on ball gowns to long sleeve illusion neck-lines with tulle mermaid skirts and column gowns.
The model brides all donned neat buns by Jay Ree from John Barrett. Bright red lips provided a beautiful contrast from the white dresses. Leave it to Basso to also step things up a notch with a beautiful strapless red mermaid gown with a peplum tiered ruffled skirt as a bridesmaid dress, inspired by Hollywood beauty, Jane Russell. No doubt, Basso’s designs all exude an air of timeless elegance. Miss or his gigantic heart for giving back to others.
Charitable Connections: Basso is on the boards of the Children’s Hearing Institute and the Boy’s Towns of Italy Foundation. In addition, he is a supporter of the American Cancer Society, the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New Yorkers for Children and the Alzheimer’s Association, which gave him the Humanitarian Man of the Year Award in 2005. He has also been very involved with raising funds for Silver Hill Hospital, alongside his husband, Michael Cominotto. They are board members and honorary co-chairs of the Silver Hill Hospital’s Humanitarian Gala each year.