Designer: Bibhu Mohapatra
Location: The Box at Lincoln Center
Crowd: Ken Downing, Robert Verdi, Fern Mallis, Lizzie Tisch, Lauren Goodman, Alexis Bryan Morgan.
Inspiration: Helmut Newton photos from the Seventies and Eighties with exposed skin as embellishment.
First Impressions: Edgy-elegant clothing for edgy-elegant women (and to sure, Mohapatra designs for women, not girls). While he is known for his gala-worthy evening gowns, there was a good amount of daywear this time around, as well, all of it in shades of icy blue, grey and shell pink enlivened by jolts of poppy and turquoise.
Standout Piece(s): A silver-grey bodysuit with side-gathered orange evening pants, a cement grey suit worn with a matching blouse that recalled Margeaux Hemingway in her Studio 54 heyday, a chain print ivory shirtdress with just the right dose of tough-luxe sexiness, and a decolletage-baring cocktail dress with figure-flattering embroidery defining the bodice.