One of the best parts of Fashion Week for me at least is learning about emerging designers. I might not get invited to big guns like Ralph Lauren or Vera Wang (yet, hehe) but a blogger such as myself is usually welcomed by new designers to come see their collections. One such designer is Bibhu Mohapatra, a native of India who has worked for Halston and J. Mendel honing his skills and talent for creating red-carpet worthy cocktail dress and evening gowns. Highlights for me at his spring presentation, which I attended on September 14, included a sky and alabaster silk linen jacket worn with an organza trimmed shift dress and a black and blush lace overlay gown with layered tulle underskirt, perfect for a Hollywood starlet.
All the models wore black pumps or peep-toes by Brian Atwood which made for a clean, uncomplicated statement that allowed the clothes to speak for themselves but I would have loved to have seen more exciting footwear paired with such elegant evening wear. The color palette was soft, tones like grass, stone, dusk, plum, and black, which were feminine and mysterious at times, but felt old and a bit stuffy at others. I'm not sure how the round-frame glasses related to the collection but it's the third or fourth time I've seen this style during Fashion Week, so I have a hunch we'll be seeing this in stores. I'm looking forward to seeing more from Bibhu as he grows as a designer.
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