WHO HE IS: A designer long overdue for a little attention. Though Mohapatra, 37, worked for Halston and French furrier Gilles Mendel befpre taking over as design director of J.Mendel, counts Bergdorf Goodman among his distributors, and was accepted into the inaugural Council of Fashion Directors of America Fashion Incubator program earlier this year, he still hasn't gotten his runway due. This season — his fourth go with a womenswear collection under his own name — may change that.
WHY WE LIKE HIM: Mohapatra’s clothes are sculpted from lavish fabrics and beadwork is often hand-stitched. The garments are sophisticated, but with sexy, modern touches like sheer panels and thigh-baring slashes. “My client doesn’t just care about her appearance,” says Mohapatra. “She cares how her clothes are made. She respects the craft.”
SHOW INFO: 9/14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Box at Lincoln Center.