Bibhu Mohaptra (on the right) with his team: (l) David Valencia - Designer,  Cher Du -Production Manager, and Jameela Lake - Public Relations Director.

Bibhu Mohaptra (on the right) with his team: (l) David Valencia - Designer,  Cher Du -Production Manager, and Jameela Lake - Public Relations Director.

The BIBHU MOHAPATRA Spring Summer 2018 collection draws inspiration from art and life in traditional Eastern Asia. Reflecting on the mysterious female samurai, the collection strikes a balance between seduction and strength – a power dynamic interpreted in geometric silhouettes and artful, embellished fabrics. Mohapatra showcased his Spring Summer 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week at Skylight Clarkson Square to a packed house.

“The role of the female samurai has, historically, been a battle of its own. She is always the exception and never the rule. Each piece has been designed to echo her extraordinary uniqueness through masterpieces of Japanese lace, sunburst pleated tulle, and silk mikado. There is war in art and there is art in war – this collection captures the vibrancy of it all,” explains Mohapatra.

Rooted in conflict, the SS18 collection’s resolution is a synergistic mix of couture ready-to-wear and evening gowns. Highlights include necklines and drapework reminiscent of formal kimonos, geometrically inclined beadwork, and knotting inspired by Japanese Shibari – the artistic practice of bondage.

Mohapatra also collaborated with Christian Louboutin to customize two styles of shoes from the French luxury brand’s SS18 collection. Nosy, a pointy-toe pump, and Nosy Flat, a pointy-toe flat style combine two contrasting colors of leather with transparent PVC and floral lace accents. These sleek, ultra-feminine styles both reveal and conceal the foot, echoing the duality inherent to Mohapatra’s collection.

For embellishments, Mohapatra collaborated with PreciosaGroup on fine crystals. “Preciosa is the perfect collaborator for us as we built this collection. Their product stands for incredible quality, refinement and modernity which enables me to take my collection from concept to realization,” said Mohapatra.

Explicitly designed from head to toe, the BIBHU MOHAPATRA SS18 collection introduced the image of a self-actualized warrior.



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This collection celebrates the 21st Century young female leaders who have a unique voice that inspires their own generation and the generations to come.

Bibhu Mohapatra Resort 2018 collection celebrates the 21st Century young female leaders who have a unique voice that inspires their own generation and the generations to come. Mohapatra hopes to inspire the leaders of tomorrow with inner strength, confidence, courage and drive to make a difference by rising above all differences. The inspiration is very much present through the collection with strong, sleek architectural silhouettes.

From the first look a white crepe day dress with cut crystal embroidery, to the watercress print that is seen in the more playful separate pieces and in an embroidery that cascades down a sleek column skirt. Mohapatra is one that is never afraid to play colors, and we see that with his bright pinks and reds that are accented through out the collection. Photos: Kevin Sturman

Bibhu Mohapatra is a New York based and Indian born luxury women’s-wear designer. Before launching his eponymous label at New York’s Fall 2009 New York Fashion Week, he was the Design Director at J.Mendel for almost a decade. His label is currently sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and specialty boutiques in North America, Europe, Russia and the Middle East. To date, celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, Glenn Close, Janelle Monae, Lupita N’youngo, Jennifer Lopez and Taraji P. Henson have all worn Bibhu’s designs, and he has had the honor to dress former US First Lady, Michelle Obama. In January 2010, Bibhu was a finalist in the Women’s Apparel 2010 Rising Star Award presented by the Fashion Group International. In May 2010 he received the Young Innovator Award from the National Arts Club and in June 2010, became a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Bibhu received the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award in January 2011 and was a US finalist in the 2012 International Woolmark prize. In 2014 Bibhu signed his first licensing deal with BCI one the largest fur manufactures in North America. This then led to his 2016 launch of his first ever full fledge diamond collection in collaboration with Forevermark India.  


Lexus Charleston Fashion Week Announces Bibhu Mohapatra and Rachel Roy as Featured Designers

Charleston Fashion Week with Fern Mallis

 Lexus Charleston Fashion Week®, one of the leading fashion weeks in the United States, announced its March 14-18, 2017 schedule, and features internationally known designers Rachel Roy and Bibhu Mohapatra, runway shows from 16 competing Emerging Designer semifinalists, and exciting retailer and local designer shows.  

Bibhu Mohapatra, a New York-based fashion designer, will be featured on Friday March 17, 2017. His creations have been spotlighted in many fashion magazines including VOGUE, Marie Claire, ELLENew York Magazine, and Harper's Bazaar. Mohapatra has presented many collections of luxury women's ready-to-wear, couture and fur under his name in New York, Mumbai, Zurich, Beijing, and New Delhi. His collections are sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, SAKS, and Nordstrom, Lane Crawford in China, and other boutiques around the world.

On Saturday March 18, 2017, Rachel Roy will be the Featured Designer to close Charleston Fashion Week® 2017. Roy is the founder of her eponymous brand and a tireless activist for using your voice to encourage change and design the life you want to live. In addition to running her successful brand, Roy is a sought after speaker on entrepreneurship and philanthropy and has shared her story and experiences at forums ranging from the White House to the Fortune Most Powerful Women conference series to other various women’s empowerment summits. Roy nurtures young design talent globally through her work with the Woolmark Prize, Who’s Next/VOGUE Mexico and CFDA incubator programs. Roy has been recognized by the Accessories Council with an ACE AWARD for best brand launch as well as Mattel’s 10 Women to Watch and numerous best dressed honors including Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List.

Mohapatra and Roy will also serve on the Fashion Panel under Fern Mallis, who will again lead the effort in determining the 2017 Charleston Fashion Week® Emerging Designer Competition Winner.

Naomi Russell, executive director of Charleston Fashion Week®, says “We are very excited and honored to have such great designers like Rachel Roy and Bibhu Mohapatra during CFW 2017. This continues CFW’s goal of bringing nationally known fashion stars to Charleston, to judge and mentor the competing emerging designers, as well as highlight the strong fashion scene here. Charleston Fashion Week® 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, and we look forward to seeing everyone under the tents next month!”

Charleston Fashion Week® will take place from March 14-18, 2017 under the tents in downtown Charleston, S.C., and showcases collections of emerging designers, nationally renowned designer runway shows, glamorous on-site tents such as the Belk Tent, shopping in the hip Style Lounge, happening after-parties and much more. The Friday and Saturday night runway shows will also be live-streamed on the CFW web-site and mobile app. Tickets for Lexus Charleston Fashion Week are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting