17 posts tagged "Bibhu Mohapatra"
The Spring ’14 collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Bibhu Mohapatra
WHERE: New York
WHEN: Wednesday, September 11
WHAT: “Defying the limitations and regulations of self expression…”— Bibhu Mohapatra. The designers sent us a Spring ’14 inspiration image, above.
Opening with the click, click, click of a Bentley’s blinking hazard lights, Bibhu Mohapatra’s latest short film is simultaneously luxurious and broodily tense. Debuting exclusively here, the short stars Canadian model Dani Seitz as she wanders—decked in the designer’s Fall ’13 furs and chiffons—around the Hudson River Valley’s Plumb-Bronson House, which once served as a correctional facility for wayward women.
“The place has such a long history. There’s no telling how many individual stories must have passed through those fields, those walls,” Mohapatra told Style.com. “Ella Fitzgerald reportedly spent time there. It stirred me.”
In the clip, Mohapatra also pays homage to the artist Man Ray, who, incidentally, inspired the “darkness” and “moodiness” on the designer’s Fall catwalk. “The spiritual element of the grounds gave way to incorporating Man Ray’s techniques, such as with his photograms and solarizing methods.”
The flick marks just one highlight of Mohapatra’s banner 2013, as his four-year-old label continues to grow. So far, he’s sourced new funding, inked an exclusive deal with China’s biggest luxury retailer, Lane Crawford, and hired a company president. Mohapatra also gave us a sneak peek at Spring ’14, which takes aesthetic cues from former New York City Ballet soloist Wendy Whelan, artist Olafur Eliasson, and a certain ominous flower barred from use in Hindu religious practices. “There’s always a little bit of a twisted darkness,” Mohapatra said, smiling.
“So, who do you think’s in the lead?” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb to Joseph Altuzarra—patting him on the back—before taking the stage to announce the International Woolmark Prize’s stateside winner at New York’s Industria Superstudio last night. Kolb’s pre-reveal grin was a tell, as he later disclosed that the panel of judges, which included Kolb, Alexander Wang, Stefano Tonchi, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Colleen Sherin, and others, had selected Altuzarra as the 2013 victor. “I’m really stunned and very, very, very happy,” Altuzarra told Style.com while clasping his trophy. And why wouldn’t he be? In addition to winning $100,000 (the designer plans to put it toward his Pre-Fall collection), Altuzarra will continue on to represent the U.S. in the international competition, which, set to culminate during Milan Fashion Week in February, affords him the chance to double his money and earn new stockists. “Now I’m really going to fight for the U.S.!” he said before turning to chat with a line of journalists. Continue Reading “Altuzarra Wins The U.S. Woolmark Prize” »
Props to Sibling‘s Joe Bates, Sid Bryan, and Cozette McCreery, who, WWD reports, have won the European leg of the International Woolmark Prize. Selected by a panel of judges that included Angela Missoni, Godfrey Deeny, Susanne Botschen, Franca Sozzani, and Style.com’s Tim Blanks, Sibling will take home $46,108 and will now compete for the overall prize. For the next six months, the London-based trio, who launched their quirky, colorful range back in 2008, will work on a merino-wool-centric capsule, which will be judged alongside those of other international finalists.
And don’t think Woolmark has forgotten about the good ol’ U.S. of A. The U.S.-based competitor will be announced on July 9 (finalists include Altuzarra, Creatures of the Wind, Wes Gordon, Whit, Bibhu Mohapatra, Daniel Vosovic, Ohne Titel, Timo Weiland, Tucker, and Giulietta), and the international honoree—set to be revealed early next year—will receive $92,210 and the chance to be sold in retailers like Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue, Joyce, and 10 Corso Como.
On Wednesday evening, at its recently christened Madison Avenue flagship, Pucci invited friends such as Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Karla Otto, and Bibhu Mohapatra to fete the new edition of Taschen’s Emilio Pucci. The lushly illustrated tome—initially released as an oversize, limited-run epic covered in vintage fabric—has been given new life as a 416-page coffee-table book. Four different covers are available in Pucci’s signature acid-hued, kaleidoscopic prints, each of which was plucked from the archives. “We all believe that at a moment when the world is becoming bigger, it’s nice to make sure that people can understand where you come from,” offered Laudomia Pucci—Emilio’s daughter and the house’s vice president.
Style.com caught up with the book’s author (and Financial Times fashion editor), Vanessa Friedman. In between inscribing copies, she dished on what she believes makes Pucci so timeless. “It’s really about an attitude, as opposed to a particular style,” she said. “It’s not about a silhouette. It’s about a way of existing in your clothes, and a freedom that your clothes give you to move and feel good about yourself.”
Emilio Pucci is available now at Pucci boutiques, and at www.taschen.com.