Transatlantic Transcendence!

Bibhu Mohapatra is a designer who deftly manipulates fur, fabric and designs into jaw dropping elegance.

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New York based Mohapatra began working for J Mendel, Parisien furrier extraordinare.  Bibhu travelled to Paris to work with Mendel’s father, Jacques, who taught Bibhu the intricacies of working with fur.

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In 2009 Mahapatra launched his first solo collection, notably his main focus was evening gowns and furs.  Bibhu’s Spring 2015 Collection had been spinning around in his mind for a couple of years but despite a vague nautical direction, the full definition was somewhat incomplete.

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Until two years ago when Bibhu Mohapatra sailed transatlantic for seven days on The Queen Mary, with his partner, spotty internet,  and a library littered with random yet fascinating titles.  His book of choice was a biography on Nancy Cunard, heiress to the Cunard shipping line,  an adventurous woman who’s spirit inspired Bibhu.   Cunard, along with the transatlantic voyage, helped to seamlessly create and define Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring 2015 Collection.

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The Spring 2015 Collection offers an interesting element of fur, an element notably absent from most designers when presenting that season.  Bibhu’s mastery in working with fur to make it pretty, fun and light are a testimony to his years learning the trade.  Saks Fifth Avenue carries his line, a must!

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His cuts and tailoring are masterfully appreciative of the female body, slipping into one of his dresses is like being luxuriously cucooned in the finest fabrics perfectly molded onto your body.  It is truly an experience better than chocolate!

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Evening gowns with spiralgraph-esque patterns cascading down the skirt, a pattern Bibhu created himself.  But if evening gowns are not currently part of your wardrobe, he has extended his creations to cigarette pants and organza flanked crop tops in the same swirly  movement.

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Furs in a perfect pink, manipulated into looking like polyantha roses (perfect tiny super fragrant roses) set on buttery soft leather in that same exact perfect pink.

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Beautiful beading can be found throughout the collection, and Bibhu told me the secret to it’s decadence.

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He uses a beader who relocated to India from Paris, and is also the Balenciaga beader.  The detailed work speaks for itself!

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reversecommuter was fortunate enough to be invited to play dress up in this delicious little number I dubbed ‘naughty Mrs. Cleaver goes on safari’ (much to the amusement of Bibhu!).  The tight fitting bodice is enveloped with a satin filled skirt that playfully offers the most decadent of details – pockets!  The safari reference comes from an unexpected frivolity on the back of the dress, two trench styled flaps that sit on the shoulder blades – SO FUN!

Silly sidebar moment – I told Bibhu I was mildly obsessed with look #10 from his NYFW and he immediately pulled this dress.  Apparently we share an obsession!

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The Collection is fun, as is the designer.  He is grateful to where he is at this exact moment, and wants to grow “with baby steps, surround himself with good people and focus on his passion.”  His energy, confidence and warmth are intoxicating, almost as much as his clothing.

 

Sandal Overload!

Indecisiveness is not necessarily a bad trait to have…

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Saks Fifth Avenue’s ridiculously helpful Locator service went a little bit crazy in the search for my sandals (which I almost returned after a friend of mine was wearing the same ones at a party this past weekend – THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!)

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Imagine my surprise when Saks Locator sent me an email announcing they had found my size in both the blue and the tan!  Decisions Decisions…

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It gets worse…Saks also found them in black for me.

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Click here to go get your own – reversecommuter promises that there are some left.

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I don’t have a CLU…yet.

In love.   With a label that just ooooozes ruffle butt cute.  CLU.

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Click the blue to visit their site and get a CLU.  Or visit Sak’s, Nordstrom’s, Intermix etc as this fab line is at all your fave shops!

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Personally I am grabbing the ballerina pink from net-a-porter.  LOVE!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Greetings & Salutations FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fall trends that have been sashaying down runways from NYC to Milan include leather –  and LOTS of it – as exhibited by Veronica Beard’s Fall Collection (click the blue to see more), capes (how super hero-ish!) and florals (yup, even into fall).  So that means that clever fashion savvy shoppers now know what makes a smart buy!

Peek-a-Boo LuLu!

Lulu Lemon had an unfortunate yoga pant transparency issue earlier this week – and it has cost the company a bundle in stock value!  Lulu’s CEO, Christine Day told Bloomberg News that the only way to confirm the see-thru quality was for customers to bend over – the transparency issue was only when customers’ stretched in them.  Click the blue to go to lululemon.com.

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Which makes reversecommuter point out the obvious – THEY ARE YOGA PANTS, THERE IS GOING TO BE ALOT OF STRETCHING!!!!!!  Unless of course the customer is wearing them all day long and not doing yoga -which is another travesty all together!

Q4 Earnings have started rolling in (reversecommuter LOVES this time of year!!) and the news is pretty good so far – NIKE, Tiffany’s, Hermes, Sak’s, The Gap have all reported an increase in earnings despite a difficult holiday period and wacky winter weather.

 

Enjoy the weekend – mix your patterns just for giggles and drink some champs too!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

It’s the 3rd Friday in December – that means parties & crazed panicked shopping all rolled up into one weekend!

Pre-Fall Collections were launched this week and the military trend is in full regalia – if you haven’t invested in a pea coat yet, perhaps Santa needs to know the want/need status!

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Dear Santa, this Burberry cashmere & wool peacoat on net-a-porter is 50% off! (click the blue phrase, Magical Man in Red)

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Have you Stylooted yet?  No, it’s not a Dr Suessical, it is the new website Styloot.com,  (click the blue to take a lookie) created by Hautelook.  It is quite the tool!  One site gives you comparative shopping, sales listed by %, offers over 400,000 items from over 100 existing online retailers.  In a word….WOAH!

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Retailers, top line and below, are looking for shoppers.  Have you noticed how many fab sales are going on right now?  Net-a-Porter, Bergdorfs, Saks, Neimans, J.Crew, etc etc.  Take advantage!  Go forth and save $!

Happy Weekend!  Raise a glass of champs in the air and celebrate all that makes you happy in your world!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Black Friday is in FULL SWING!!!!!

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net-a-porter.com is on sale / alexander wang is on sale / Bergdorf Goodman, Neimans, Barneys & Saks too! (click the blue to go to each website & shop shop shop)

Black Friday is the highest grossing retail sales day of the year. 2011 Black Friday earned approximately $20 BILLION! Cyber Monday is just around the corner…

Fab fact of the day – shopping releases dopamine into the brain – a true natural high!

Enjoy the looooooooong weekend!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

How is it the word “Friday” evokes a big a*s grin, every single week?

Fast Fashion mammoth, Zara, was the focus of a brilliant piece in the NY Times earlier this week (click here to read the full article).

According to the NY Times, an average consumer buys 164 pieces annually. Perhaps such a high number could be reduced if the consumer focused on acquiring quality pieces. Quality not quantity….just saying.

Sak’s Fifth Avenue is blaming Hurricane Sandy. Sales forecasts are down for the remainder of 2012, and Saks says it’s due to the impact the hurricane had on it’s business. The NYC flagship represents 20% of Saks sales, and as the flagship was closed as a result of Sandy, as well as online sales down, Saks is bracing for a less than stellar end of year.

Salvatore Ferragamo released sales profit numbers are up 8%. reversecommuter stayed at one of the Ferragamo boutique hotels in Florence this past week, and it is no surprise that sales are up – this family truly has been bitten by the style bug! Gorgeous Gorgeous Bellisimo!

rooftop bar at Hotel Continentale, Firenze, Italia

Wishing you the most fashionable & fabulous weekend!
xo reversecommuter