Juan Carlos Obando
described his muse this season as "the girl at a party who can be found out back smoking with the boys on the balcony." According to the designer, Fall was a turning point for his business, with sales reportedly quadrupling. He kept up that momentum here with a collection that articulated some developing JCO signatures, like tailored dress pants paired with dramatic, streaming tops that can be wrapped, styled, and cinched as desired. Obando is also known for his vibrant use of color and played to his strengths with pieces like a rippling ball skirt cut from—count 'em—eighteen yards of teal satin, which looked fresh with a comparatively simple top. Other highlights included Halston-esque halter gowns featuring sexy high slits and nonchalant pajama separates in a twinkling star print. Last season, Obando released a small capsule of jewelry that hit stores the same day as his presentation, and he repeated that again with on-trend brass rings worn on each finger, as well as cagelike collar necklaces and heavy door-knocker bracelets. Obando seems to have truly found his voice.