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For a man whose fashion sensibilities are unapologetically fantastic, Juan Carlos Obando can be surprisingly brass tacks. “You know me: If you see it, it’s for sale,” said Obando of the coiled necklaces he showed with his Fall ’09 collection on Wednesday. “I don’t do styling pieces.” Designed by Obando in collaboration with Gabriela Artigas, the necklaces are made of Mexican snake chain, and they are much lighter than they appear. “They look like they’d weigh a ton, but the silver is hollow,” Obando explains. “Which makes it really flexible, too. Easy to work with, easy to wear.” Obando’s interest in fashion practicality has its limits, however. When asked about the hair at his show—the models were coiffed in short, swirling, up-swept ‘dos—the designer just smiled. “It’s a fashion show,” he noted. “There’s got to be some fantasy.”

Photo: Marcio Madeira

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