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BIBHU MOHAPATRA

SEXY SEPARATES
New York:
Mohapatra designed for J. Mendel and Halston before setting up his own label in 2009, and the designer’s aesthetic seems to fall somewhere between those of his previous employers. On one hand, he favors urbane dressing using interchangeable separates like Halston. On the other, he loves glamorous evening gowns a la J. Mendel. For S/S 2011, Mohapatra landed once again in the middle by presenting glamorous daytime looks. Although the designer was quick to talk up his innovative circle-cut coats and dresses, they were not his best pieces. The first look, blood orange harem pants paired with an athletic slate-colored vest, was dynamite. Another standout, the chic silver collarless shirtdress, was all the better for the chain print Mohapatra chose to use. Monochromatic evening looks were a little too harsh to set registers ringing, but all in all it was a strong effort. – Shine Anthony-Dharan

Silhouette: Sleek / Body-contouring

Color: Crimson / Slate / Ice blue / Black / Dusty pink / Sienna / Blood orange

Key Items: Harem pants / Relaxed pantsuits

Materials: Leather / Tulle / Satin / Silk

Prints + Patterns: Chain print / Blurred geometric prints

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