17 posts tagged "Bibhu Mohapatra"
The International Woolmark Prize is a pretty prestigious honor—the American winner, who will be chosen at an event in New York on July 9, will take home a cool $100,000 and go on to compete for another $100,000 at the international event in Milan next February. This year’s U.S. nominees were announced today, and as far as we can see, they’ve each got some stiff competition. Creatures of the Wind (above, center), Altuzarra (above, left), Giulietta, Wes Gordon, WHIT, Timo Weiland, Bibhu Mohapatra (above, right), Ohne Titel, Daniel Vosovic, and Tucker by Gaby Basora are all up for the prize. Last year, Sophie Theallet earned the U.S. award, but Christian Wijnants took home the international honor.
The time comes in every ready-to-wear designer’s career when it makes sense to expand into accessories. And the time is now for Bibhu Mohapatra. “I always wanted to do handbags because it provides a new kind of canvas to display my artistry,” the designer told Style.com. So Mohapatra teamed up with the London-based label, Bracher Emden, who gave him free reign to create a capsule collection. The inspiration for the bags was the Luna Moth, a rare creature that Mohapatra spotted while he was upstate in Cooperstown this summer designing costumes for Aida. All three variations feature suede cutouts and printed patchwork motifs taken directly from the clothing that will appear at the Spring 2013 show tomorrow. The capsule will be available for purchase through Bracher Emden, and on Mohapatra’s soon-to-be e-commerce platform, which will also house some of the accessories from his past shows. Here, Style.com has a first look before the bags hit the runway. Catch Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring 2013 show, tomorrow, September 12 at 9 a.m.
“This is a proud day for me,” said Sophie Théallet (pictured) at yesterday’s announcement for the U.S. winner of the International Woolmark Prize, held at the Crosby Street Hotel, which drew nominees including Prabal Gurung, Naeem Khan, and Bibhu Mohapatra. The contest, which was revived this year after lying dormant since 2008, boasts impressive alum including then-unknown 1954 recipients Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. The winnings? $100,000 and a slot in the global competition held in London next February. (Théallet stands to collect an additional $100,000 towards a runway show plus luxury retail partners, including Harvey Nichols and Bergdorf Goodman.)
“This was an opportunity to give CFDA members a global platform,” said Steven Kolb, who spearheaded the project stateside along with co-judges Narciso Rodriguez, Sally Singer, and Linda Fargo (all came out for the affair). “It’s an important time in American fashion; twenty years ago we wouldn’t have even been invited to participate.” As for Théallet, winning was a full circle of sorts. “My grandfather had a knitwear factory in the South of France so this award is dear to my heart,” the former Alaïa apprentice told Style.com. For the competition, Théallet crafted a demure ensemble that read one part cropped sweater, one part corseted frock as an homage to her mother, who would pair her grandfather’s knits with sexy underpinnings. “To me, knitwear is about love,” she added. “It’s what you wrap yourself in, cuddle with, or wear like a boyfriend’s sweater. It’s something we all fall in love with.”