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Juan Carlos Obando Is Available For Purchase


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

The Pile It On Pile Up


We’ve noticed a lot of great statement jewelry on the runways this week: wrist-consuming cuffs at Rosa Chá; Koi Suwannagate ‘s huge crystal butterfly that could have been mistaken for a Judith Leiber clutch; and the primary-colored, Native American-inspired finery at Ports 1961 by U.K. designer Lina Peterson. If you missed these, or if you can’t get enough, two more collaborations are worth checking out. (Editor’s note: These pieces, like the ones mentioned above, will most likely require their own jewelry box.)

This morning, look out for the bronze coil necklaces Californian Sonia Boyajian designed for friend Brian Reyes; his collection’s got an African bent, and Boyajian’s Alexander Calder-inspired necklaces are her take on the theme. The buffalo-teeth necklace that first caught our eye won’t be on the runway, but it will be available at Boyajian’s pop-up shop at 122 W. 44th St. until the end of the week. The incisors Boyajian picked up in a “random rock store” on the way to Arizona for two dollars a pop have been cluttering up her shelves for a while. Now, for a considerable markup, thanks to the 10-karat gold the teeth hang out with, they can be yours.

For something really limited-edition, Lizzie Fortunato’s origami necklaces for VPL (pictured) are a little too fragile to be considered family-heirloom material. “Obviously they’re not the most wearable thing ever,” Fortunato conceded about her paper cranes. For sale via special order—all the more reason to wear one while you can.

Photo: Courtesy of Lizzie Fortunato