Whatâ€™s the most offensive beach attire around? We were curious so we asked a few designers and guys-about-town to weigh in!
Bibhu Mohapatra and the well-heeled team behind Rent the Runway, including co-founders Jenn Hyman and Jenny Fleiss and fashion director Lucy Sykes Rellie, rounded up a covey of eager eds and gathered at Junoon last night on West 24th Street. Pourquoi? To nosh on Indian delicacies, of course, and fete the New York-based designer’s Indo-Deco capsule collection for the fast-growing website, dedicated to loaning designer dresses and accessories to the masses. The six-piece capsule collection on display featured vibrant gowns and cocktail frocks fusing the traditional Indian colors and textiles of Mohapatra’s childhood with architectural silhouettes and details of the ’20s. “Indo-deco captures the subsequent energy of the modern Indian woman,” said the designer on his inspiration behind the poppy-colored lineup. Starting today, the full range will be available to rent for $200 to $400 at RenttheRunway.com for a span of four to eight days, along with 12 additional Bibhu Mohapatra designs that are part of his core collection.
In search of the next Prabal Gurung, The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation has just announced their newest award recipients for 2011. Each lucky designer will receive the coveted $25,000 grant to fund their collection at New York Fashion Week this February, following in the footsteps of past winners Derek Lam, Erin Fetherston, Zac Posen, and more. EDFF 2011 title-holders include: Bibhu Mohapatra, The Lake & Stars, M. Patmos, and Mandy Coon in the Women’s Design category, Native Son in the Men’s Design category, Pamela Love for Accessories, and Study NY for Sustainable Design.