February 13, 2013 New York
The graphic theme worked, but when Mohapatra swerved away from his vision, things were less peachy. A jet-beaded rose chiffon bustier gown—topped off with a purple velvet cape—looked out of place and dowdy, really. As did a navy bustier gown, overlaid with embroidered tulle.
But there were some formalwear highlights. A creamy tulle gown embroidered with vines of black diamonds looked modern, thanks to the addition of not-too-thin, not-too-thick off-the-shoulder straps. It all just needed to come together better. Mohapatra launched his collection in 2009 with decent fanfare. It's time for him to more thoroughly focus his ideas and define his mission.