New York Fashion Week Runway Review: Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2013

The Girl in the Check Scarf reviews the Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week

I’m a huge fan of Bibhu Mohapatra, and I was giddy with excitement when I was invited to the Spring 2013 show at Lincon Center.

This season, the designer was fascinated by the luna moth and the idea of evolution and transformation. The clothes abundantly portrayed that concept, and each piece looked as if it was fresh from a cocoon, ready to display its beautiful colors and complex craftsmanship to the world. The models coming down the runway looked like they were from a super high-fashion sequel to Disney/Pixar’s A Bug’s Life; the structure of the jackets and shoulders were even reminiscent of an insect’s hard exoskeleton. The collection also featured a geometric print that resembled butterfly wings.

Aside from all the buggy business, the collection included some downright breathtaking ball gowns in various shades of pink and blush that were just dying to have a red carpet moment. I really appreciated the use of so many different fabrics in each dress. It took the idea of “color blocking“ to whole new level.

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Mixed fabrics, gleaming appliques, sheer elements, vibrant bright blues and greens and icy powder blues and pinks were prominent in the collection. My favorite pieces were two looks decorated with strips of sheer black and red fabric that was placed in a crisscross all over the dress. The effect was stunning and really delicate. Click through the slideshow below to see the collection.

About The Girl in the Check Scarf:
Sarah Justine is a 17-year-old student/fashion blogger with nothing to wear, who reads The New Yorker, and schemes of going to Paris. She’s been blogging daily for three years at, and in March of 2012 she was named “One Of The Top 10 Bloggers Under 18” by She is a TED attendee, fashion and technology geek, aspiring trend forecaster, and constant wearer of black clothing. She is currently a senior in high school and resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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