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Bibhu Mohapatra looks to new beginnings with graceful collection

Bibhu Mohapatra looks to new beginnings with graceful collection

Bibhu Mohapatra gown spring collection 2014
Bibhu Mohapatra onyx fracture faille gown with draped skirt. Photo courtesy of Bibhu Mohapatra
Bibhu Mohapatra spring collection 2014
Bibhu Mohapatra fuchsia palash flower print silk twill shirtdress with pleats. Photo courtesy of Bibhu Mohapatra
Bibhu Mohapatra gown spring collection 2014
Bibhu Mohapatra sage pleated mousseline gown with fracture detail cage. Photo courtesy of Bibhu Mohapatra
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Bibhu Mohapatra
Bibhu Mohapatra coral baby tulip tulle top and ivory silk pencil skirt. Photo by © Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Bibhu Mohapatra
Bibhu Mohapatra pale rose pleated mousseline illusion gown. Photo by © Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 designer Bibhu Mohapatra
Bibhu Mohapatra Photo by © Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Bibhu Mohapatra gown spring collection 2014
Bibhu Mohapatra spring collection 2014
Bibhu Mohapatra gown spring collection 2014
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Bibhu Mohapatra
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Bibhu Mohapatra
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 designer Bibhu Mohapatra

NEW YORK — As design director at J. Mendel for a decade, Bibhu Mohapatra honed the art of glamour. Since venturing out on his own four years ago, he has built a reputation for creating statement-making evening gowns and polished day dresses.

For his spring 2014 collection, Mohapatra looked to transformation, citing his good friend, longtime New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan's transition into modern dance. (She debuted Restless Creature at Jacob's Pillow last summer.) "I liked that idea of a new beginning," he told style.com.

The collection veers from delicate pleating techniques in pastel gowns to fractured patterns that look like cracked stones for a more dissonant attitude. A series of dresses, blouses and gowns dotted with embroidered baby tulips emit a 3-D effect while vibrant digital prints of a a fire-red tree flower called the palash in Mohapatra's native India show up throughout the collection in various colors that herald the arrival of spring.

Mohapatra will show his collection at Fashion Houston on Wednesday (Nov. 13) at the Wortham Center. He will also make a personal appearance at Elizabeth Anthony-Esther Wolf on Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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