After flying to Boston from Mumbai earlier that morning and spending the afternoon styling Neiman Marcus's holiday windows, designer Bibhu Mohapatra (pictured, center with two of his models) looked relieved to sit down in the front lounge of the W Hotel Boston. "I'm not drunk, just jet-lagged," he explained after apologizing for seeming tired. The designer showcased 24 looks, mostly from his Spring/Summer 2012 collection, for a well-heeled crowd at the W, but took a break between prepping his designs and regulating the runway to chat with us.
While fans may have already seen the Spring/Summer 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week, what do you hope Boston will get out of seeing the designs in person?
I hope that they will understand the aesthetic and feel what I'm trying to say with my work. I believe that women in Boston share a similar sense of beauty that I do and I'm hoping they'll benefit from this experience.
You've had some amazing partnerships in the past -- first, the CFDA Fashion Incubator, now with the W's Fashion Next series. How does that feel as a designer?
It's really humbling and it drives me further. It's been a very exciting, scary ride but I'm looking forward to things that are coming up as well.
When you say scary, I know you have an unusual background for a designer with a degree in Economics, so you know what's going on in your business, financially, at all times. Do you ever feel like you know too much?
I get economics and it's definitely a plus but fashion is as much of a business as it is a creative cycling process. The more I get into it, the more I realize I need a second set of eyes on [the business] end of things.
So you're equally talented on both sides of your brain -- left and right -- like you can write with both hands, what's that called?
Ambidextrous. Yes, yes, I guess you could say that.
Then the reporter (me) laughed at her own joke before parting ways. Overall, another successful fashion interaction.
See and shop the Bibhu Mohapatra collection during his trunk show, Nov. 17. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Couture Salon at Neiman Marcus, Copley Place.