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Bibhu Mohapatra: He’s got the motion at New York Fashion Week
It was a beautiful showing from designer Bibhu Mohapatra, who was inspired by the theories of human movement, expression and dance. The designer, who worked as an assistant to Halston and as J. Mendel’s design director for nine years, has won numerous fashion honors and awards and continues to evolve in an exciting way.
A restful palette of coral, ivory, stone, saffron, sage and blush got a cheerful infusion of color from bright, giant floral prints. A dress in sage featured an open back with an inset panel pleat of the graphic flowers that wafted away from the garment. A stiff bustier was the topper for a frothy cocktail number with an inverted tulip skirt.
One of the most stunning ensembles in the collection was the simplest: a slim, sleeveless top paired with trousers -- both with a black pleat insert. It was modern and elegant and one of those looks that you covet for your own closet.
Along with floral strokes Mohapatra worked in an unusual fracture print -- this a bit like broken glass. A gold belt in the same pattern was an outfit maker.
The collection fluttered and swooshed and floated like gravity didn’t exist just like the dancers who inspired Mohapatra.