PLAZA PERSONALITY: Mr. Dennis Basso
Where were you born?
How did you get started in the fashion business?
After finishing FIT I was looking for job as designer and I got my first job at Women's Wear Daily, but my first real job was working for a fur company as their designer.
What was the moment when you said “Wow, I really made it!”?
Wow, that's a tough one. I would have to say the first time I showed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – it was a big moment to be there with all those other designers. You know, along the way prior to that, I had dressed a lot of famous people and I would get that feeling, so I had that numerous times and I am very fortunate for that.
What was the inspiration behind your Spring 2016 line?
For the Spring 2016 line, the inspiration was "south of the border" with lots of tropical prints and bright colors. That woman tends to be very glamorous, likes to go out, and I interpreted that back towards the American woman.
What do you love about The Plaza?
I think the Plaza signifies really what New York is about. It's sophisticated, elegant, it's something we all grew up with if you're a New Yorker, it's a place to go for a special occasion to go to the Palm Court. As a young boy it was so so very special. In the center of the universe, it's a crown jewel.
If you could have dinner with three people tonight, who would they be?
It's a very mixed bag: The Pope, Sophia Loren and George Clooney.
If you could design an outfit for anyone, who would that person be and why?
I think I would like to design something for the Queen of England. I would try to change her style. She is more classic and elegant but I could give it an extra punch that would be a fun challenge.
You are very philanthropic and set the example for many to follow. What are you favorite charities?
I am very involved with the Silver Hill Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. We are also involved with the Children's Hearing Institute, along with the Alzheimer's Association. I am very involved with NY Presbyterian Hospital, where my husband, Michael Cominotto and I refurbished the chapel in the hospital, so we are very focused on that and it is very exciting. And also the FIT Alumnus Association I am very involved with.
What do you do for fun?
Relax in our beach house, have friends over, we love to entertain all year round at our house on Long Island and be together, drink and make coffee.
If you hadn’t become a fashion icon, what would you have pursued as a career?
I would have definitely been in show business- not even a question.