Juan Carlos Obando
was thinking outside the box when he came up with the concept for his Spring presentation, opting to show the new collection on mannequins with papier-mâché animal heads instead of models. (He shot Heidi Mount for the accompanying lookbook seen here.) The surreal sculptures articulated a sort of woodland fantasy that tied in with the clothes. The prints this season were based on sketches Obando did as a graphic designer ten years ago of zoomed-in fish scales and feathers. The patterns came on peplum jackets and hourglass-enhancing cocktail dresses cut from sporty, silicon-treated crepe. Obando carried over his sheer chiffon pants with built-in board shorts from Resort, which successfully advanced his modern approach to unassuming eveningwear. On the other hand, he also included dramatic gowns with puddling trains and over 32,000 Swarovski crystals. Red carpet ready? You bet.