Mitch & I found this skin in Paris last year and I knew that Bibhu was going to go INSANE when he saw it. The stud embossed nubuck leather/ Fur combo was perfectly executed - Just the right balance of Classic + Biker Chic. It's no surprise that this DOPE piece was just featured in ELLE Mag.
Hopefully I'll sell enough leather to be able to rock one of these bad boys for fall.... (in black of cos!)
After F.I.T., Halston hired Mohapatra as an assistant designer. Then in 1999 he was named Design Director of the French furrier, J. Mendel. Over the next ten years, Mohapatra shifted the emphasis of J. Mendel to a more youthful look, at the same time expanding its ready-to-wear collections. His creations were featured regularly in fashion magazines Style.com DNA New York Magazine Wall Street Journal Vogue Vogue Russia and were worn by Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchet, Sienna Miller and other style icons.
Following J. Mendel's Spring 2008 collection, Mohapatra resigned in order to establish his own label: Bibhu Mohapatra. Since then, he has presented several collections of luxury women's ready to wear, rtw, couture and fur , under his own name in New York during Fashion Week. Mr. Mohapatra lives and works in New York.
In June 2010 Mr. Mohapatra was elected a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, CFDA.