International Digital Fashion Week: Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021

It was in 2009 when former J.Mendel Creative Director Bibhu Mohapatra decided it was time to launch his eponymous label. Since then, he has dressed some of the most elegant women on the A-list including Viola Davis, Gweneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong’o and of course, the former First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Bibhu Mohapatra brand is known for uniting ancient craft with seamless tailoring. Bibhu shares, “When I think about my work, it always goes back to this idea of craft. Crafts that are ancient or dying or actively being reinvented.” He does this once again despite a rather icy fashion climate in 2020, with the premiere of the Spring/ Summer 2021 collection at New York Fashion Week and the first ever International Digital Fashion Week.

Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021 at International Digital Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week BIBHU MOHAPATRA
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021 at International Digital Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week BIBHU MOHAPATRA
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021 at International Digital Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week BIBHU MOHAPATRA

The collection’s muse, Amrita Sher-Gil, is an Indian art pioneer and revolutionary who challenged the status quo. She paved the road for future female artists to make their voices heard despite a political and social environment largely dominated by men. Instead of the traditional runway show, Bibhu worked closely with New York-based filmmaker Shruti Ganguly and lensman JD Urban to create a captivating film celebrating the life and times of Amrita. Bibhu’s team enlisted Hamilton Alum Ariana DeBose and Reema Sampat to star in the film.

Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021 at International Digital Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week BIBHU MOHAPATRA
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021 at International Digital Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week BIBHU MOHAPATRA
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021 at International Digital Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week BIBHU MOHAPATRA

Pieces featured in this digital presentation are faithful to the Bibhu aesthetic—architectural and sculptural yet infused with celebratory movement and sense of timelessness. The 26-piece collection highlighted an uncompromising mindset for perfecting details.

Guipure lace, tulle, Chantilly lace and silks were customized just for this collection, creating sense of contrast against details like Supima cotton and embroidered denims. In true form, vibrant color ways of lime, pink, blue and chartreuse played a key role in setting the optimistic mood for the collection. Striking silhouettes through outsized shoulders and unexpected finishes reflected a brand of idealism, ready to explore and embrace a departure from the conventional.

Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021 at International Digital Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week BIBHU MOHAPATRA
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021 at International Digital Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week BIBHU MOHAPATRA
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021 at International Digital Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week BIBHU MOHAPATRA
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021
Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2021 at International Digital Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week BIBHU MOHAPATRA

Bibhu expounds: “I wanted to see change and make change an inspiring process. I wanted to collaborate with artists of different genres to articulate my craft. So often, it is the work of artists confirming the darkness and obstacles in our world that ultimately help us make sense of our place within in. This moment in history—if we are listening and looking deeply with our whole selves—has the power to permanently shift our perceptions…Because standing still is no longer an option.”

Bianca Salonga

Bianca Salonga

Luxury fashion and design are two things that I am most passionate about. After being a features editor for a top fashion magazine in Manila called Mega Magazine, I moved to Paris to take up my MBA specializing in Luxury Goods and Fashion Industries. After two years of intensive study and a lot of fine wine in Paris, I returned to Manila to put up my own luxury online store. I’ve also been writing for the Philippines’ top lifestyle magazine, Lifestyle Asia, a publication that aims to define the authentic experience of fine living. 

What happens when Glam stops by Bibhu Mohapatra’s studio, with his favorite fast food in hand? From discussions about the First Lady to his architectural passions, we’re taking you directly into his design space, for secrets from where his breathtaking pieces are created, complete with everyone’s guilty pleasure – french fries.

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How The Danish Fashion House Nynne Is Creating The ‘Power Dress’ For Women

There is drama to be had when getting dressed in a Nynne design. Copenhagen Fashion Week has made the drama of Scandinavian design come to life over the years and Nynne is elevating the “Scandi Girl” style of dress. Spring-Summer 2021 is a back-to-basics display of the eponymous brand, returning to the minimalistic design heightened with an expressive amount of solid-colored empowering dresses, jumpsuits, statement-making pants, and Tinkerbell sleeves.

Copenhagen Fashion Week is transitioning into a sustainable fashion platform, one that is mindful of the designs and aesthetics of the brands they showcase. Relying on the fashion to remain relevant, each brand involved in the general production of the fashion week is required to meet a 17 point checklist of sustainability standards which will be mandatory by 2023. The Nynne brand is exploring circular processes in the meantime as they expand on their creations.

Nynne Kunde is a Danish-born designer who studied at Istituto Marangoni in London, where fashion design became real for her and gave color to her Danish design palette. She gained experience working for ready-to-wear brand Rejina Pyo, where you can see her inspiration. Kunde eventually started her namesake brand in 2018 as she received the “Womenswear Designer of the Year” award after she graduated. She later moved her design studio from London to Copenhagen. 

Signature designs such as the “Diana” dress are reoccurring in this collection, introducing a color palette not yet explored by Nynne. The colors are inspired by the sand and the sea in addition to silhouettes inspired by contemporary installation art, inspiring the Tinkerbell sleeves, made from fabrics familiar to the brand. Nynne designs are unwavering of its craftsmanship and its playful approach to proportions.

Like the “Diana” dress which has been altered into a jumpsuit for the Summer season, this collection is reflective of the warmer days of Danish summers. Colors are described as Sunflower yellow and azure blue, and are staged by the modern cuts and colors of Scandinavian design; black, beige, and white.

Nynne is also innovating within the sustainable fashion sphere. Kunde is using increasing amounts of recycled polyester and microfibers. Introducing Tencel fabrics, Kunde is reworking her brand’s aesthetic with the soft cellulose fibers for more manageable and ethical fashion design and manufacturing processes.

Nynne’s first fashion film presentation for Copenhagen Fashion Week showed off a fresh look at the flowing drapery of the dresses on the models. The colors were present yet subtle, the flare each dress possessed was pure in its design, and the collection was stoic yet, energetic.

The form of each piece overlooks the shape of the women but references the general qualities of dressing in feminine attire. The woman who wears these clothes could be confident in her body while embracing a conservative chic. The Nynne website describes it as “a celebration of the soft beauty of women and the power in gentle expression.”

The SS21 season of Nynne is dedicated to the strong women who evoke power. Nynne is a brand that seeks to increase confidence in women of every demographic. Apart from the superfluous and short-term trends, Nynne is insistent on creating an approach to styling that is practical and a considerably unique synergized moment among the norm.

Cassell Ferere

By: Cassell Ferere

Born and raised in Brooklyn, graduating Cum Laude from CUNY, I founded Cassell Inc. while still a student. This has been the harbor for all of my creative endeavors; photography, writing, designing, as well as filmmaking, where I produced a unique series of silent art films. Capturing images of public figures at their most unassuming and unguarded, producing a colorful range of work, I have worked with the likes of many, including, music producer Pharrell Williams, musician Ed Sheeran, radio personalities Peter Rosenberg and DJ Cipha Sounds, artist, like, Ron Bass and Mokshini, eyewear designers Coco and Breezy, fine artist Roy Nachum, popular brand names, like, Samsung, Google and LG, and former Attorney General of the United States for President Barack Obama, Eric Holder. I am also the Founder and Editor In Chief of Reverie: PAGE magazine which focuses on sustainable fashion and inclusive ideas. Previously working in media and fashion apparel companies, I have noticed the lack of representation, not just of groups, but of the ideas that shape us in our everyday decisions. You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @Cassellinc.

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