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Be still my heart this is gonna blow your mind away…
At the end of this show there was a standing ovation very much deserved because Dennis Basso delighted ALL with his collection. He went for older and younger crowd without leaving a stone unturned, he went over, under, above and beyond to satisfy clients generations apart. Little jackets with stunningly embroidered cocktail gowns, croc vests on floor length gowns, the python moto jackets and fur, no Basso collection is complete without fur. Yet there was a versatility with this collection, it could fit in any wardrobe and remain relevant for all time. My favourite look was the tangerine jacket paired with a tea length sky blue dressed peppered with carelessly strewn multi coloured flowers, oh my… The floor length lace and tulle hemmed evening gown with side panels of black lace on Ajak Deng with the jacket languidly thrown over, was all kinds of swag, another killer was the baby blue embroidered gown that left me swooning…there was just plenty to love here and I love them all.
The peasant and Frida Khalo were over arching influences in Khan’s presentation but what was so majestic about this collection was the abject simplicity and use of embellishment in a way that didn’t overdo it when it could have, the floor length centre split very gypsy, very sexy red and black gown with three quarter sleeves and an empire waist, this is how the gypsy does high fashion. He didn’t play it safe with colours he played it sweet from pinks to blush to the perfect LBD (I feel as if this gets perfected each season) the nude appliqué number with slash neck, the simplistic beauty of the pink deep V empire waist gown with the little sleeves…we could go on and on Naeem Khan but nailed it in one too many looks.
Oscar De La Renta
WHEN I DIE BURY ME IN OSCAR! I MEAN IT. This was everything you would expect from a master and so much more. Romance! Romance! OSCAR DOES ROMANCE like no other. Beautiful, sensual, divine and a fairytale all rolled in one. My heart fluttered when I saw the ditsy print gown in pink with the graduated hem, I lost my mind seeing Jourdan Dunn sashay down the runway in the simple power women who lunch number and my heart stopped at that tiny polka dot floral circle skirt and long sleeve blouse. Elegance, refinement and an utter celebration of sensuality ONLY Oscar can evoke in clothes. Lace embroidered beautifully, fit and flare and flattering silhouettes, tapestry made modern, only a few people can master this but then again Oscar is a master in all. The finale sent me into flurries of happiness when Joan Smalls stormed the runway in canary yellow, filigree embroidered gown with her face swathed in tulle, there was softness and romance yet a dark side that hinted of Lady Macbeth…yes I died. Literally died.