Fall/winter ’18: Runway elegance with pizazz
RENEE MINUS WHITE | 3/2/2018, 2:14 p.m.
Whether it was the extra puff in a coat, puffy scarf, print/pattern mix-up or bold colors, Harrison Wong and Bibhu Mohapatra created newsworthy designs that hit the mark. This season, there were many fashion eye-openers on the runway. Misha Kaura’s line offered simply designed styles with different hemline features for the modern woman.
Wong took his designs on a “Mission Impossible” adventure. His puffed up scarves in bold bright colors were worldly yet fabulous for Space Age adventures and Artic temp drops. He designs for men and women. The Harrison Wong brand offers contemporary apparel that’s aggressively designed. These looks are underpinned with understated elegance. His designs tend to incorporate art. On the runway, his puffer coats, vests and scarves are filled with exaggerated elegance. Made of the highest quality, his pieces are lightweight, comfortable and affordable.
Bibhu Mohapatra’s collection was inspired by Charles Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations.” His designs explored the book’s characters. His attractive details on dresses such as puffy sleeves, accents on the waistline with decorative belts and color and pattern mixes were feminine and colorful. Rich fabrics enhanced his collection.
Mohapatra grew up with his family in Orissa, India. It’s where he gained an appreciation for sumptuous Indian fabrics and vibrant colors early in his life. He honed his skills as an assistant designer at the iconic American fashion label, Halston.
Mohapatra’s skirts and blouses were sensible, usually in above the knee lengths. Day dresses offered swinging skirts, just below the knee. He delivered several looks in clever color combinations. For evening, he showed glittery glamour gowns in a lovely selection.
Showing her second season of formal wear at New York Fashion Week, Kaura showed a collection of cocktail dresses and evening styles. There were various dress and gown styles, including strapless, one shoulder, asymmetrical hemlines and flounces in cocktail lengths. Whether you’re a woman of 29 or 99 years of age, you will look slim, stunning and sparkling in her clothes and accessories. The Maura Kaura brand is a staple. The world’s most stylish women wear her clothes