Bibhu Mohapatra brings a very polished, avant-garde style to New York Fashion Week with his Fall 2013 collection. The talented Indian American designer honed his art at iconic brands like Halston and J.Mendel prior to launching his namesake collection in 2008. There is something to be said about Mohapatra's creative genius that re-imagined a timeless drape and style for his Fall 2013 collection that speaks to the modern day sensibilities.
Photographer Man Ray's evocative photographs of his muses Kiki du Montparnasse and Lee Miller provide the inspiration for the collection. The structured, sleek lines of the day looks are achieved by form fitting skirts and dresses, tailored jackets in geometric and colorblock patterns and lattice prints. Laser cut leather dresses and crisp bold jacquard coats are rendered in shimmering jewel tones and iridescent metallics like amethyst, indigo, onyx, steel and platinum.
The evening wear gets the classic 1930s treatment reminiscent of the old Hollywood glamour with softly draped, elaborately beaded gowns, luxurious fur cowls pinned up with exquisite jewels.