Bibhu Mohapatra may not be a name that trips off the tongue, but the buzz for his debut collection, shown yesterday by appointment, is ringing clear as a bell. The attention is deserved. Mohapatra, who spent eight years at J. Mendel, left his design director post at the end of 2007 and in the time since has been researching and putting together this rock-solid debut. The designer merged his elegant evening experience with a pair of hard-edged inspirations: ancient Japanese armor and fashion warrior Daphne Guinness. The 21 looks he showed did their dance between hard and soft, fantasy and reality, with only a few missed steps. Both beautiful and wearable was a coat in the exotic fabric of peacock feather-loomed wool. Mohapatra said his dream would be to dress Freida Pinto for the Oscars. There isn't much time left for Mohapatra's work to make it to the red carpet next weekend, but expect to see a lot more of it in the months to come.