Glamor can be effortless.
This was my takeaway from a surprisingly simple but effectively glamorous runway show by Bibhu Mohapatra.
I learned about where he drew his inspiration from, and about the cultural innovations and multi-cultural influences on his newest runway collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW). His new line, unlike an opulent one last season, was more contoured around simplicity, with simpler cuts, monochromatic colors or simpler combinations, but all of which relayed gorgeous styles.
Black silk and velvet jackets with bubbled up sleeves and pants gave way to checkered and sparkling outfits. A backless heart shaped dress and a forest green fur duster over a pale pink blouse and a metallic checkered skirt showcased how contrasting and unexpected color and texture combinations could work together.
Conversely, black and white played well with a number of fitted dresses with a lace train, embroidered florals, or a dual textured chest slit sequined dress, alongside a gold studded off shoulder evening gown, all unique in their own ways.
Velvets were a mainstay, used in entirety, along a gown, or in monochromatic reds or oranges with sparkling jewels and embelishments aplenty to highlight every movement of his ethereal muses. The last few pieces showcased his Indian heritage with frills and jewels lurking around fitted pink skirts, working their way with glimmering feathers on sheer asymmetric sleeves or entirely ivory silk evening gowns. Monochromatic jewels and studs were prevalent with statement colors like my favorite red, a forest green and a delicate white with flirtatious pearl and lace fabrics on the sleeves and frock like silhouette.
After a stunning show, the designer and his muses let their hair down for an extravagant after party, where yours truly also let his newly lengthened hair down with purposeful intent. Effortlessly glamorous, said Bibhu?