After spending years honing his message, Juan Carlos Obando finally found a formula that works, and he's standing by it. The designer's take on modern eveningwear typically involves sexy dresses cut from yards of rippling satin that feature high slits, plunging necklines, and all sorts of trailing streamers and sashes. Obando offered plenty of these signature styles in saturated jewel tones (a deep teal halter gown was particularly stunning), as well as a range of pretty blush hues.

Pulling off one of these numbers requires titanium-strength confidence and a killer physique to match. In order to "own the night"—Obando's trademark phrase—you've got to be able to own the dress. That's easy enough for a diva like Kelly Rowland, who sat front-row at the show in a JCO Spring look. (She also wore the designer to an amfAR event the previous evening—that outfit has earned her more than 50,000 likes on Instagram already.) A slew of A-listers including Amy Adams and Julia Roberts have also donned JCO recently.

Real women without red-carpet events to attend, however, are more likely to gravitate toward some of the relaxed, pajama-like separates here. Although several looks could've fared better without excessive styling flourishes such as chiffon veils draped over the shoulders and shaggy fringe boots, Obando ultimately succeeded in communicating his unique vision.