Juan Carlos Obando, sponsored by Swarovski this season, was one of the few designers to tackle the futuristic for Spring 2011. A collection that belongs in both the pages of Vogue as much as it does in the pages of V, it was Mad Men-meets-Martians, if you will. And I liked it.
Obando, who is based in Los Angeles, sent out thick silk fabric that was almost plush in its design--kind of like a very, very thin puffy coat. And with prints that reminded me of outer space. (The Swarovski element was present in the black rhinestone beading purposefully sprinkled on the back of a few dresses--it was highly effective.)
While the prints were futuristic, the silhouettes were pure vintage. Plenty of peplums and tulip skirts--my favorites.
Obando's been seeing buyers at the Swarovski showroom over the course of the week. We're betting his pieces will be stocked in even more retailers come next spring.