Bibhu Mohapatra RTW Spring 2014: This Collection Stumbles During Fashion Week—Literally

Bibhu Mohapatra, nyfw, runway

Photos Courtesy of Bibhu Mohapatra
Every now and then you see a collection you think you’ll love—the first few pieces come out, it’s great, a few more, it’s bright and youthful, a few more—and it looks like someone raided your grandmothers closet. The Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2014 collection that premiered this morning at New York Fashion Week, was that show.
 Bibhu Mohapatra, nyfw, runway
There were a few pieces that I would confess to wearing, like a particularly unique silver and white backless evening gown with a plunging neckline, but I’m pretty sure my mother would look better in these dresses than the under 50 set. I will commend him, however, for making new trends very wearable—even if his dresses weren’t.  Bibhu Mohapatra, nyfw, runway
I love a new trend as much as the next girl, but as my figure is less like the thin perfection of models and more—let’s say realistic, the cutout trend will not work for me, nor most women I imagine. Mohapatra solved this issue with nude fabric faux cutouts that looked less mother-of-the-bride than I would have thought possible. The dresses were light and delicate, and I even had to do a double take to see the fabric. Well done. Bibhu Mohapatra, nyfw, runway
Any actual cutouts were reserved for very reasonable areas that anyone should be able to pull off. Geometric patterns and sparkle were done subtly, much more casually than the look-at-me-I’m-trendy designs we’ve seen on other runways. They looked beautiful and wearable, which is usually the point of fashion. Bibhu Mohapatra, nyfw, runway
That being said I couldn’t put my finger on why some of his models were walking with such trepidation; I’ve seen show after show and even in teetering heels the girls never looked this grieved. I'm pretty sure they couldn’t move in the dresses. Literally.  Bibhu Mohapatra, nyfw, runway
One model stumbled over her dress not once, but twice. The poor thing looked devastated the first time around, but the second? I doubt she’s walking for him again.  Bibhu Mohapatra, nyfw, runway
So if you plan on having any type of lengthy (or even normal) gait when entering a soiree, his long slit cut dresses might be a safer bet. Bottom line: while there are really only a few dresses in this collection that seem comfortable enough to wear at least you'll be understatedly trendy and well covered.  Bibhu Mohapatra, nyfw, runway
 Bibhu Mohapatra, nyfw, runway
 Bibhu Mohapatra, nyfw, runway

Marissa Stempien

Marissa Stempien graduated with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Asian Studies from San Francisco State University. Previously a beauty editor, Marissa now utilizes her love and passion of luxurious fashion everyday as Fashion Editor of JustLuxe. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Marissa has traveled to various cities across the globe, most recently returning from living abroad...(Read More)

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