Juan Carlos Obando
September 10, 2010 New York
Sex wasn't the only thing on his mind, though. Steeped in documentaries about deep space, Obando riffed on the intergalactic, working with a dreamy Milky Way palette of mottled violet, turquoise, silver, and black. Universally sexy bell-bottom pants—tight, tight, tight through the thighs—were topped with fitted peplum jackets and roughened up with exposed zippers and raw-edged cutouts. The cutouts made a big impression on dresses, too: They looked like the wearer had flown too close to the sun. More than 140 varieties of jet black crystal were splashed here and there (and a smattering of hardware, too, including washers picked up at Home Depot); while these were applied by hand, the finished effect was more high-tech than handicraft. Shoes and jewelry by fellow Angelenos George Esquivel and Alexandra Cassaniti, respectively, echoed the beautiful toughness at play.