Juan Carlos Obando
September 13, 2011 New York
With Josephine Baker back as muse, there was a languid sexuality to the clothes—a sense of glamour with a little grit. Expertly draped and knotted-silk dresses were lightbulb-bright in fuchsia, purple, and what we'll call Pinto green. Several looks were accessorized with long, color-blocked scarves; a strappy sack dress in bands of blue, black, white, and brown was an arresting, full-size version.
There are several ravishing frocks here for stylists to squabble over, but the full secrets of the gowns won't be revealed until they're tried on. A seemingly simple black and white number contained what Obando called a hip corset, in neoprene and silk, for lifting, tucking, and shaping the derriere. Seen on the model, the fabric looked like it just fell there—you had no idea what kind of assistance was being given. "I am here to make your butt look amazing," Obando said with a laugh, but he's serious.