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Wes Gordon

Designer Wes Gordon infuses luxury and timeless sophistication with a young modern edge. The collection is designed for a quietly confident woman who seeks garments that amplify her identity rather than mask it. The collection incorporates the finest fabrics, haute couture detailing, and Gordon’s unique interpretation of today’s modern feminine mystique. Wes Gordon supports domestic production and proudly produces in New York City’s Garment District.

Raised in Atlanta, Gordon grew up surrounded by the grace and romance of the South. Enamored with high fashion from an early age, Gordon developed a keen interest in the way people express themselves through clothing. Set on the idea of taking part in the transformative power of fashion, Gordon enrolled in the famously competitive Central Saint Martins University of Art and Design in London.

Gordon’s time at CSM instilled in the young designer a passion for combining fine art with fashion. Gordon also spent time between school semesters honing his skills by interning with two industry icons – Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford. These early opportunities taught Gordon the invaluable lesson of familiarizing himself with the women for whom he was designing – a trait that now sets Gordon apart in the Industry. Furthermore, London’s social scene provided the perfect testing ground for the budding designer. Gordon began designing and producing dresses for close friends, forming an early and loyal clientele. In 2009, he was awarded the Jenny Packham Bursary for Design Excellence and his graduation collection, entitled, “The Glass Collection,” was chosen to close the University’s press show – a tremendous honor.

Following his graduation in the summer of 2009, Gordon began designing for his eponymous line of women’s wear and presented his first collection in February at the Fall/Winter 2010 New York Fashion Week. Harrods and Saks Fifth Avenue immediately included the Collection in their Fall/Winter 2010 buys, and his looks were photographed by some of the industry’s leading publications. Vogue profiled the young designer in their April issue and Harrods Magazine named Gordon the “Best Newcomer in Women’s Wear.”

Since then, Gordon and his designs have appeared in numerous major national and international publications and have quickly become a red carpet favorite for many young celebrities. Press and retailers alike praise Gordon for his combination of classic techniques and modern, edgy designs. A true balance of uptown and downtown, his collections have received acclaim from venerated stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Kirna Zabete, who each picked up the collection in Fall 2011. Fashion Group International awarded Gordon the coveted Rising Star Award in January 2012, honoring him as the best emerging talent in the fashion & design industry.

www.wesgordon.com

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Haute Hippie

Founder and Creative Director, Trish Wescoat Pound, became a designer by accident, but years later realized this was actually her true calling. In 1994, Trish left Oklahoma and moved to New York, where she found a job as a receptionist at Calvin Klein and decided that working in the fashion industry was where she was meant to be.

After Calvin Klein, Trish moved to Theory where there was no stopping her; she quickly moved up to become the President of Women’s Sales. During her seven years at Theory she oversaw the brand’s dramatic growth in revenue from $18 to $250 million, and its evolution into one of the most preeminent contemporary collections. Collaborating closely with the design team while overseeing all aspects of sales, merchandising, and marketing, led Trish to serve as Design Director for the successful Spring/Summer 2003 collection.

After Theory, Trish moved to Michael Kors where she served as the President of the Women’s Collection, followed by CMO of Contemporary Brands at Liz Claiborne. Her final position before starting Haute Hippie was as President and Creative Director of Laundry by Design.

Trish’s love for travel and music has remained a constant throughout her career. Traveling the world with her daughter Jillian where she worked, Trish became inspired to create clothes that embodied the spirit of the nomadic lifestyle that she lived. Inspired by a myriad of cultures, genres and people, and with an eye for detail that bordered on the obsessive, she sought to reshape the feminine, bohemian ethos into a collection of cool, luxurious clothes for the “RoBo” – rock ‘n roll bohemian woman.

Now, just four and a half years later, Haute Hippie is sold in over 300 stores across the United States and countries worldwide. Haute Hippie embodies the spirit of the global nomad, blending vintage-inspired pieces with a sophisticated, yet edgy aesthetic. The Haute Hippie woman is a true citizen of the world – comfortable in her own skin and free from the need to conform to the trends.

A believer in the democratization of fashion without compromising luxury, Trish infuses Haute Hippie with the same carefree – yet sophisticated – aesthetic that characterizes every aspect of her life. From boy shorts to ball gowns, Trish designs everything a woman needs to create her “ultimate” closet.

www.hautehippie.com

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Zachary Prell

Zachary was inspired early on by his grandfather Irving Prell, who was a self-made entrepreneur. As a young pharmacist in the 1930s, Irving was challenged to follow a new path and start his own pharmacy in West Los Angeles. While growing up, Zachary witnessed how passionate his grandfather was about building his business, carving out a niche among the giant chains and warmly connecting with his customers and suppliers.

It is with this same entrepreneurial spirit that motivated Zachary to leave traditional posts in investment banking and private equity, risk everything and chart an unconventional course after earning his MBA from Columbia Business School in 2005.

Zachary entered the fashion industry with a mission: improve the fit of his own shirts and create a collection of button-downs that was versatile and stylish enough for both the office and after-hours. As a regular guy with a fresh outlook, Zachary thought he could provide value to the menswear market by approaching the design process from a consumer’s perspective. He set about rethinking almost everything, including the fit, cuffs, collar and shirt tail length, and began developing the ideal sport shirt from scratch out of his 500 square-ft. Manhattan apartment.

Zachary also imagined the company he wanted to build. He appreciated how well-made and better-fitting clothes provided instant gratification and reasoned that, as the anchor of any wardrobe, a guy’s shirt was about his own personal expression. Zachary wanted to contribute to this experience and create a lifestyle brand that could provide such instant fulfillment – one that melded his own passion for connecting with people, producing compelling products that men loved to wear and building a brand that inspired others to live life to the fullest.

ZACHARY PRELL launched at wholesale in Spring 2009, amidst the most daunting economic climate in decades. Unfazed, Zachary traveled extensively across the U.S. for the past two years, working alongside sales teams at partner stores to train, motivate and share knowledge. In what has become a tradition, shirt styles were named in honor of family, friends, advisors and colleagues to thank them for their show of support. Zachary loved personalizing the collection and the surprise that came along with celebrating these recipients. The IRVING, named after Zachary’s grandfather, was the brand’s very first shirt and sold out during the inaugural season.

Zachary’s own lifestyle continues to influence the direction of the brand. Besides offering a well-edited assortment of sport shirts, ZACHARY PRELL now includes outerwear, sport coats, leather as well as swimwear – key pieces for any occasion. Living in downtown Manhattan, Zachary is inspired everyday by the surrounding eclectic neighborhoods, architecture and authentic flavors. Likewise, the brand and collection has evolved to mirror this lifestyle.

www.zacharyprell.com

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Johanna Johnson

From the happiest day of a woman’s life to a glamorous glide down the Red Carpet, Johanna Johnson has couture and bridal covered. Designer and director of the fashion and lifestyle brand, Johanna Johnson specialises in inspirational and elegant gowns, known for their Hollywood sophisticated style, photo-moment glamour and timeless appeal.Inspiration to create the high fashion line came when looking for her own wedding gown. After countless mediocre in-store and design experiences, she settled on her own design. It was here that Johanna identified the need for a couture collection that epitomised simplicity, grace and style – which also has a focus on personal service and client care throughout the potentially stressful experience.

Within two years, Johanna Johnson couture went from concept to reality. Johanna opened her first Paddington store in April 2005 and quickly established an international following. Brides from Europe, the USA, the South Pacific and New Zealand are wearing Johanna’s gowns, sold exclusively from her flagship store in Paddington, Sydney Australia. She is now fielding calls from international celebrities, with the likes of Christina Hendricks, Nina Ricci, Kim Kardashian, Hailee Steinfeld, Julia Ormond, Caroline Sherman, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Leah Michelle, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Julia Stiles, and Minnie Driver calling on Johanna Johnson for red carpet gowns.

New Zealand raised, Johanna is no stranger to design. She often made her own clothes and formal gowns. She moved to Australia in 1989, to study Graphic Design in Melbourne. After completing her diploma she moved to London for several years and worked on the international branding and advertising campaigns of highly respected and prestigious companies such as Moet and Chandon, Hilton International Hotels and the Independent Television Commission.

Since the inception of the label, Johanna has launched five collections; ‘Premiere’, ‘Illume’, ‘Betrothed’, ‘Adorn’, ‘Zepphora’ and her most recent collection ‘Trousseau Limited Edition’. Inspired by the heady nights of the 20’s and 30’s where the evening shone with crystal beads and a room wasn’t complete without the scent of violets and jasmine, these latest creations combine romance with elegance, sophistication and old world glamour.

Hours spent trawling through Parisian flea markets and old lace houses in the French summer are inspiration for Johanna’s unique collections. She sources her exquisite laces, trims and finishes whilst designing the jewel encrusted centrepieces and embellishments all while she is away.

2010 marked the release of Johanna’s new Trousseau accessory line, created to compliment and enhance her collection. Johanna has designed a selection of veils, gloves, stoles, headpieces and vintage cuffs that can be worn at any special occasion. 2011 will reveal the Johanna Johnson lifestyle range.

www.johannajohnson.com

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FH 2013 Day 4

The last day of Fashion Houston. Who is ready? 

We at Allendorf & Company, are sad to see it all come to an end. But not until seeing just a few more fantastic designers bring us to the close of another year's event. 

Designers showcasing tonight include the following; Johanna Johnson, Zachary Prell, Haute Hippie and Wes Gordon

For more information around Fashion Houston please visit fashionhouston.net .

For information surrounding Allendorf & Company and our coverage please contact:

Michael Allendorf
Owner, Photographer
michael@allendorf.co

Jake Jarvela
Media Relations
jake@allendorf.co 

Yigal Azrouël

Yigal Azrouël debuted his eponymous women’s ready-to-wear collection in the fall of 1998 and received instant acclaim, both commercially and critically. Yigal’s designs are known for their innovative design, intricate construction and luxurious fabrications.

With the company and brand garnering global recognition, retailers desired more from the designer who arrived in New York in 1998. With a men’s ready-to-wear collection and a budding accessories line, Azrouel, along with the support of retailers, launched Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël, a new brand concept, designed and owned by Azrouel, which officially debuted for the fall 2010 season.

Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël is a contemporary collection that is defined by clothes that combine high fashion with day-to-day simplicity, presenting a feminine but edgy aesthetic that appeals to a broad range of customers. Innovative and viable, the designs present a unique mix of fabrics and body-conscious silhouettes, utilizing exceptional fabrications from European resources. The signature look is one of novelty, embodying a chic and light-spirited vibe.

Born and raised in Israel, and of French-Moroccan descent, Yigal often travels to various locations, both metropolitan and remote. He prefers undiscovered seaside destinations where he can practice one of his favorite hobbies – surfing. Azrouël draws inspiration from everything and everywhere: art, culture, architecture, nature, and first and foremost, his hometown – New York City.

www.yigal-azrouel.com

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David Peck

About CrOp

CrOp by David Peck is designed and produced with pride in the David Peck factory in Houston, TX, USA. The name “CrOp” is short for “creative opportunities,” something that designer David Peck is developing by focusing on socially responsible manufacturing practices and and charitable partnerships.

CrOp by David Peck has been featured on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily and in publications such as Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, InStyle, and People Style Watch as well as popular television shows Hart of Dixie and E! News. Celebrities who have worn CrOp include Kate Bosworth, Jaime King, Giuliana Rancic, Mayim Bialik, Maggie Grace, and Ashlan Gorse.

About David

David Peck’s artistic career began with a degree in classical cello and further developed at Ecole Parsons à Paris where he studied fashion design. While at Parsons, not only did he win top honors as the recipient of the junior year Silver Thimble Award, but also as Designer of the Year for his senior collection. While in Paris, David worked for renowned fashion houses such as Paco Rabanne, Junichi Hakamaki, and Robert Normand, as well as a style consultant and costume designer for several films. David relocated to New York in 2008 to co-found and co-design Untitled 11:11, a high-end womenswear collection committed to sustainable design practices. Untitled 11:11 quickly became a favorite of celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Rose McGowan, and Lauren Conrad due to its designer aesthetic and commitment to the environment. By early 2010, David had moved to Houston to be closer to his family. He was serving as a consultant for Ecole Parsons à Paris when he was inspired to launch CrOp by David Peck.

David’s dedication to local manufacturing, meaningful job creation, and minimal environmental impact, results in each garment being made with the utmost care and superior quality. His commitment to sustainability is reflected in the low impact printing methods he chooses and by his incorporation of organic, fair trade and natural fibers into the collection wherever possible.

www.davidpeckusa.com

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Chloe Dao

Chloe Dao discovered her love for fashion at the age of 10 while watching Style with Elsa Klensch on CNN. This love took her to New York City where she earned a patternmaking degree at F.I.T. After school, she honed her skills in all aspects of the industry such as design, production management and buying before returning home to Houston, Texas to open her boutique, DAO Chloe DAO formerly LOT 8 boutique in 2000. Her Project Runway, Season 2 win catapulted Chloe into international fame as the immigrant designer living out her American dream.

As a designer, Chloe combines sophistication, style and ease into beautiful eveningwear and sportswear. Noted several times on Project Runway, Chloe’s understanding of the woman’s body allows her to hide flaws and flatter women in all her designs. The designs surpass the test of time as they are wearable year after year. Her line DAO Chloe DAO offers many limited edition pieces and a bridal collection of elegant modern gowns. DCD is lovingly made in the USA in her hometown Houston, Texas. Her effortless style and modern sensibility lead her to partner with bag and travel gear maker Nuo Tech to create a line mobile technology and travel accessories. Her NUO bags are the perfect blend of fashion and function. The bags are available in over 1200 Staple stores throughout the US and several online sites such as Zappos.com and Ebags.com. Her Simply Chloe Dao line exclusively for QVC sold for three consecutive years from 2007 to 2010.

Integrated into her design and business philosophy is her commitment to giving back to the community. Chloe serves on the Fashion advisory boards at Houston Community College and The Art Institute. She annually designs a limited edition collectable silk scarf for breast cancer survivors of Zeta Tau Alpha and their Think Pink Foundation. Her scarves have traveled the world with Susan G. Komen’s International Race Ambassador, Dorothy Paterson. Chloe also hosts several benefit shopping events at her boutique for not-for-profit organizations such as Dress for Success, Community Cloth and TUTS. Always ready to inspire, Chloe was the keynote speaker at the 100th Girls Scout Anniversary in 2011 and the Art Institute of Houston commencement ceremony in 2012. In the works are projects with the Houston Grand Opera and the Museum of Fine Arts Film.

DAO Chloe DAO is currently available at DAO Chloe DAO boutique and www.chloedao.com

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Rolando Santana

Born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Rolando Santana spent his early childhood watching his mother make beautiful creations for special clients, from a small dressmaking business she ran from their home. He recalls, “At that time, little did I realize, that her sewing room would serve as the inspiration for my love of fashion, and nurture my dream to become a designer.” He also remembers that he could get lost in fabric stores for hours with his mother, absorbing all the colors and textures. As Santana grew, so did his mother’s business. At about the age of 13, he began to spend all his free time in her production factory, honing his skills and learning the art of pattern making, construction and sewing.

In 1991, driven by his desire to become a fashion designer, Santana left home and moved to New York, to pursue his dream. After completing degrees in International Business at Mercy College and Fashion Design at FIT, he landed his first job as an assistant designer at Spenser Jeremy, where his talent was immediately recognized and he was promoted to dress designer.

In 2005, Santana joined Donna Morgan as Creative Director, and in 2006 he was recruited as Vice President of design with Kellwood Company’s Designer Alliance, where he launched the Democracy contemporary dress collection. Within the first season, the Democracy dress collection was being sold in all the major department stores thus turning into a two million dollar line in its first one year.

In 2009, after a successful career designing for well-known dress companies, Santana decided that the time was right to open his own collection.

Currently in his ninth season, Santana has become even more focused on designing with the customer in mind and creating looks with the primary purpose of always making all women feel beautiful in his collection. His attention to feminine detail, elegant draping, and sophisticated and timeless designs have women coming back season after season. For Spring 2013, Santana collaborated with the iconic Manolo Blahnik for two designs of shoes that debuted on the runway for his show during New York Fashion Week. Santana has continued to diversify his collection by including small leather goods, sunglasses and clutches.

Santana was a finalist in the Fashion Group International 2012 Rising Star award in the women’s wear category and has shown his collection internationally several times to date. Santana’s designs have been on the red carpet as well as featured on the pages of WWD, Vanity Fair as well as International Vogue, Glamour and Elle. Santana has also been a guest on CNN, NBC and Fox discussing various fashion topics. Rolando Santana’s designs can currently be purchased at over 100 of the top specialty boutiques around the country including Houston’s own Elizabeth Anthony/Esther Wolf.

www.rolandosantana.com

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FH 2013 Day 3

It seems every day more into Fashion Week, things ramp up. Weather got much cooler, which is fantastic fall weather for Houston, Texas. A sold out crowd of guests in attendance. And another night of incredible, talented designers such as; Rolando Santana, Chloe Dao, David Peck and Yigal Azrouel. 

Way to kill it on the runway! We definitely felt the energy and vibes :)

And did any one make it to that after party, woooooah! What a party!?

For more information around Fashion Houston please visit fashionhouston.net .

For information surrounding Allendorf & Company and our coverage please contact:

Michael Allendorf
Owner, Photographer
michael@allendorf.co

Jake Jarvela
Media Relations
jake@allendorf.co 

 

Nicole Miller

Modern, feminine, and chic: iconic American designer Nicole Miller’s designs are at once elegant with a hint of rebellion. The end result is a look both sophisticated and subtly sexy. In Miller’s hands, the drape and cut of gorgeous fabrics have never looked fresher.

An American born to a French mother, Miller was trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris.  RISD inspired her sense of freedom and creativity while Chambre Syndicale gave her a mastery of the classic French techniques of haute couture.

Evident in Miller silhouettes is skillful draping that promotes a dynamic body consciousness. Echoes of art, her travels, and popular culture combine in unique prints and wildly imaginative use of color. Technology, too, finds its way into Miller’s designs; she is often first to popularize a new fabric.

The non-conformist glamour of Miller’s creations has earned her many fans in Hollywood. Angelina Jolie, Halle Barry, Beyonce, Joss Stone, Jordin Sparks and Felicity Huffman are among those who have recently appeared in her designs.

A strong believer in protecting our natural environment, Miller actively supports the Rocky Mountain Institute and Robert Kennedy Jr.’s Riverkeeper. Together with her husband, Kim, and son, Palmer, Miller divides her time between New York City and Sag Harbor, NY.

www.nicolemiller.com

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Yigal Azrouël | Cut 25

Yigal Azrouël debuted his eponymous women’s ready-to-wear collection in the fall of 1998 and received instant acclaim, both commercially and critically. Yigal’s designs are known for their innovative design, intricate construction and luxurious fabrications.

With the company and brand garnering global recognition, retailers desired more from the designer who arrived in New York in 1998. With a men’s ready-to-wear collection and a budding accessories line, Azrouel, along with the support of retailers, launched Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël, a new brand concept, designed and owned by Azrouel, which officially debuted for the fall 2010 season.

Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël is a contemporary collection that is defined by clothes that combine high fashion with day-to-day simplicity, presenting a feminine but edgy aesthetic that appeals to a broad range of customers. Innovative and viable, the designs present a unique mix of fabrics and body-conscious silhouettes, utilizing exceptional fabrications from European resources. The signature look is one of novelty, embodying a chic and light-spirited vibe.

Born and raised in Israel, and of French-Moroccan descent, Yigal often travels to various locations, both metropolitan and remote. He prefers undiscovered seaside destinations where he can practice one of his favorite hobbies – surfing. Azrouël draws inspiration from everything and everywhere: art, culture, architecture, nature, and first and foremost, his hometown – New York City.

www.yigal-azrouel.com

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Rebecca Taylor

Feminine, modern, refined, cool… Rebecca Taylor is best known for providing the eternally-evolving modern woman a collection to complement and refine her individual sense of style. Signatures include unconventional color combinations and prints, flattering cuts, unique embellishment and a high level of detail — accessible luxury.

Rebecca Taylor hails from the beaches of New Zealand. An early childhood interest in sewing and costume design sparked a fascination with the fashion industry that led her to New York City. Her creativity and energy is poured into every collection with references from the worlds of music, art and entertainment. Rebecca’s daily inspiration is the contemporary woman – her spirited life and her individual style.

The brand has a loyal customer base and a vast celebrity clientele including Alexa Chung, Reese Witherspoon, Rashida Jones, Emmy Rossum, and Catherine Middleton, to name a few. Rebecca Taylor has been featured internationally in numerous leading publications such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, W, Nylon, Marie Claire and In-Style; and is available through company-owned retail and premier boutiques worldwide.

www.rebeccataylor.com

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Chris Knott for Peter Millar

From a small collection of cashmere sweaters to a global design force in 12 short years, the premier lifestyle apparel brand, Peter Millar, is being called the next ‘great’ American luxury brand. Chris Knott, founder and creative visionary behind Peter Millar, learned the art of design not by study, but by immersing himself in the apparel industry at an early age and was fascinated by it.

Knott landed his first position in the fashion industry at 14 yrs. old at a specialty men’s store, Ashworth’s Clothing, in his hometown of Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Here, Knott was introduced to the alluring and fast-past world of apparel. He received invaluable exposure to the business side of apparel – buying and selling – and traveled across the country to key clothiers’ trade shows and events to see the latest fabrics and trends.

The experience opened his eyes to tailored design as a career and Knott followed this pursuit with a degree in fashion merchandising from East Carolina University. After graduating from college, he moved to one of the fashion capitals of the world, NYC to work for a tailored clothing company in sales and design where he was exposed to many of the finest European fabric mills and technical designers. While there, Chris came to discover an untapped niche in the marketplace for attainable luxury apparel and embarked on a 20-plus year career in sales representing industry-leading fashion brands, such as Hugo Boss and Burberry, before starting his own company. A true Southern gentleman, he takes pride in impeccable service, superb quality and the small, unexpected details in the product and the presentation that differentiate a brand in today’s competitive marketplace.

In 2001, Knott founded Peter Millar with the vision to build a luxury lifestyle apparel company. The brand began with a small collection of cashmere sweaters and has now evolved to include a full line of sportswear and tailored clothing. Peter Millar is an American lifestyle and luxury apparel brand that blends European sophistication with classic American authenticity. The brand capitalized on an untapped marketplace niche for “attainable luxury” and quickly attracted a strong following including international luxury goods conglomerate, Richemont, which recently acquired the brand.

What you may not know about Peter Millar is the origin of the name. It’s not that of its founder, Chris Knott, but the name inscribed on an antique lawn bowling ball given to him by his mother many years ago. Knott was drawn to the name because of what it symbolized: the 40’s and 50’s – a time period when people took pride in how they presented themselves – an era he strives to recreate in his line of classic American clothing and accessories for men and women.

www.petermillar.com

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Bibhu Mohapatra

Bibhu Mohapatra, born in RourkelaOrissaIndia, is an Indian-American fashion designer and costume designer.

After earning a Masters degree in economics from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State Universityin 1996, he moved to New York City where he enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 1997, while still at F.I.T., he was awarded Fashion Institute of Technology’s Critics’ Award for Best Evening Wear Designer of the Year.

Upon leaving F.I.T., Halston hired Mohapatra as an assistant designer. In 1999 he was named Design Director of the French furrier, J. Mendel. Over the next ten years, Mohapatra shifted J. Mendel’s emphasis to a more youthful look, at the same time expanding its ready-to-wear collections. His creations have been featured in dozens of fashion publications all over the world, including New York Magazine, Time, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Vogue and Vogue Russia.

Following J. Mendel’s Spring 2008 collection, Mohapatra launched his own label: Bibhu Mohapatra. Under his own name he has presented many collections of luxury women’s ready to wearcoutureand fur, at New York Fashion Week and in Mumbai during Lakme Fashion Week.

Mohapatra’s costume designs for the Verdi opera Aida debuted at the 2012 summer season of the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY and First Lady Michelle Obama donned a Bibhu Mohapatra dress for her appearance on the Tonight Show in August 2012.

In keeping with his roots, Mohapatra has designed a collection of hand woven silks made by the traditional weavers in his home state of Orissa, India. Today Mohapatra lives and works in New York and the Hudson Valley.

www.bibhu.com

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FH 2013 Day 2

The second day of Fashion went underway with fantastic fall weather, great music and vibes and much larger crowd in attendance.

Showcasing the following Designers: Bibhu Mohapatra, Rebecca Taylor, Chris Knott for Peter Millar, Cut 25, and Nicole Miller.

The after-party is being held on site in the Proof Lounge. 

For more information around Fashion Houston please visit fashionhouston.net .

For information surrounding Allendorf & Company and our coverage please contact:

Michael Allendorf
Owner, Photographer
michael@allendorf.co

Jake Jarvela
Media Relations
jake@allendorf.co