Bibhu Mohapatra: Interview & BTS at NYFW
Like any true artist, Bibhu Mohapatra has the ability to create something that draws you in with an unspoken connection and visually captivate the audience. Bibhu’s Fall 2013 collection was a blend of geometric, mosaic print pieces — accessorized with fur scarves, clear platform pumps, and 1920s-inspired curl updo’s. Every look sent down the runway was pulled together perfectly, in a palette assortment of onyx, gold, and ivory with sudden emergences of indigo and teal. The runway was filled with modern day dresses fit for the uptown chic followed by embroidered, tulle gowns that could easily be envisioned for a red-carpet event. Bibhu brings a nostalgic element to his designs where he reinvents an era of style and makes it something new and fascinating to watch. His craft is undeniable and it is no surprise he got inspired by Dada and Bauhaus artists, seeing as how he has a fine-tuned skill for architectural detail. Lively had the opportunity to interview Bibhu Mohapatra about his collection and cover the Fall 2013 show backstage.
What inspired you to feature this mosaic pattern as the theme surrounding your Fall ’13 collection?
The deco mosaic patterns in an Italian deco building in Florence served as the main driving force behind the pattern you see throughout my F13 collection.
You stated that you were influenced by Dada and Bauhaus artists. How do you feel art and fashion are related?
Endlessly! They go hand in hand. They fuel each other, they are like twins.
What is the ideal woman you imagine wearing your dresses when designing your new collection?
I design clothes for creative, confident and driven women.
What trends have you noticed to be re-occurring this season? Do you take popular trends into account when designing your line?
Color! I do not subscribe to trend reports or design with trends in mind. By the time people notice trends, the “trend” has usually gone through its novelty phase, and has already been reincarnated many times. So, why not make my own trends?
Coming from J Mendel and Halston, how does your design experience translate into your own line?
The confident sensuousness of the modern woman is a core part of the DNA in my brand.
What are your plans now that NY Fashion Week is over?
I’m going to Paris to sell the F13 collection!