The Telegraph India
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE CITY’S STYLE SET AT MUMBAI’S LAKME FASHION WEEK STARTING TODAY
Bibhu, first of all, we can’t begin to say how excited we are to see you on an Indian runway…. How did LFW pull it off?
I am super excited about this. LFW pulled it off with a lot of love and persistence!
This is your first show in India. Are the butterflies feeling any different?per excited about this. LFW pulled it off with a lot of love and persistence!
I am ecstatic about showing my work in the homeland amongst fellow Indians.
Which collection will you be showing at LFW? The current spring-summer 2012 or your latest showing fall-winter 2012-13?
It will be a curated show of mostly spring-resort collection as well as some key pieces from the most recent.
During your last interview with The Telegraph, you had said India contributes subtly to all your collections. What about India inspires you most? And will we ever see a full-on ‘Indian collection’?
I am inspired by the arts and crafts, the people, the food… everything is inspirational to me. Full-on Indian collection? There are so many amazing designers doing amazing work in traditional Indian clothes. It would be fun to do a full-on Indian collection but I will wait for the right time.
Any plans of visiting your Orissa home on this trip? Unfortunately, I will not be able to go to Orissa at all. LFW has kept my schedule super-tight.
What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you in Manhattan?
The fact that it whole-heartedly embraced me and my creativity.
Who are some of the Indian famous faces you dream of dressing?Katrina (Kaif), Kajol and Deepika (Padukone).
Finally, what’s your message for young designers who would do anything to get their careergraph resemble even a part of yours?
Dream big, work hard, believe in yourself, do not let anyone take your dream away from you, fight for it if you have to, but all along do not forget to be ‘nice’.
More about Bibhu: Having worked at Halston Heritage and J Mendel, Bibhu launched the Bibhu Mohapatra label in New York Fashion Week six seasons ago. His client list now includes the movers and shakers of the glamour world, including the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and Cate Blanchett.