Juan Carlos Obando
February 14, 2011 New York
The dresses, which were light as air in a lovely sea-foam green or clean, soft white, were beautiful unadorned, but the electric energy of the geometric designs gave a welcome jolt to cocktail hour. The appliqués were less successful on sharp, tailored suits; they read too strongly as symbols, as opposed to organic design elements, and the models looked a bit like superheroes. Better, for superchic-ness, was a black dress with one long, jeweled arm. Dense with beading, it started at the wrist and eventually, with a pencil-thin strap, wrapped around the neck. Besides being very sexy, it was indicative of the type of handwork that goes into almost all of Obando's pieces. Business, he reported backstage, is booming, and he wants to be in a position to offer his clients something they can't get anywhere else. Those Kiss-inspired cutouts, then, are probably up for discussion.