New York Fashion Week: At JC Obando, Gene Simmons meets the Victorians
Los Angeles designer Juan Carlos Obando's cool collection was inspired by the style of glam rock bands KISS and Queen, along with slimline Victorian silhouettes.
The stars of this show were a white glam-rock jacket and straight skirt slit up the side, and a sleeveless white "cage" dress, both with ornate black leather appliques that brought to mind Gene Simmons' famous face paint.
A black leather harness top (a vest, really) was an ingenious piece, worn over a sleeveless white top, with a long, black silk trumpet skirt. But you could wear it with so many other things, too.
And while he may not have intended it, the leather cutouts and hand-dyed waxed and weathered fabrics gave some of the collection a western feel, in keeping with what we've seen on several runways this season.
For really dressing up, Obando's signature fluid, curve-skimming silk gowns came in delicate hues, with lingerie-like straps crisscrossing the back. The best one was mint green with a frilly halter neck and ruffled top. A cream goddess gown with a foiled leather applique at the waist was also lovely.
-- Booth Moore in New York
Photos: Looks from the JC Obando fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.