Behind the Runway Music: Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring 2014 NYFW Show Soundtrack

Looks from Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring 2014 show.
Photos: Getty Images

Wouldn’t it be cool if someone designed an entire collection based on YOU and it was beautiful and evocative and classically-shaped and *expensive* and was covered in sharp, geometric prints and 3D flower embellishments? And then to boot, let’s say this collection garnered an ocean of golf claps after its debut at New York Fashion Week. I mean, the way that I see it, that means that people would basically be golf-clapping for YOU, but in clothing form — and I don’t know about y’all, but I long for the day when I can be seen as the sage-colored taffeta gown (with pockets) that I am. 

When Bibhu Mohapatra designed his Spring 2014 collection, he had a good friend in mind. This friend, Wendy Whelan, redefined herself as a performer when she switched over to modern dance after a long career as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. So Bibhu too, then looked to redefine the pieces he created this season. And just as the clothes were inspired by someone near and dear to the designer’s life, sound stylist Javier Peral found a similar motivation for the music he chose to accompany Bibhu’s new line. Wanna know who it was? Check out Javier’s own words about the (as of yet unsigned!) band behind the Bibhu Mohapatra runway soundtrack after the jump!

Looks from Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring 2014 show.
Photos: Getty Images

“Wendy Whelan, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, was the inspiration for Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring 2014 collection. Her work and the concept of contemporary dance was part of our initial conversation. Soon after, Audi Martel, the lead singer of Le Blonde, sent me two new unreleased tracks that felt perfect for the show. Audi and I met during her days as a model and she has the aura of a modern ballet dancer. I was lucky to have access to all the stems from their recording session, so my team and I reworked them into an original remix — adding grand pianos and string sections to create layers and movement evocative of a dance performance.”

BIBHU MOHAPATRA’S SPRING 2014 SOUNDTRACK
+ “Let It Burn” – Le Blonde
+ “Peacock” – Le Blonde

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