Juan Carlos Obando
2009 February 19
Juan Carlos Obando - New York Fall 2009
(NEW YORK) Before Juan Carlos Obando's Fall 2009 show began, several editors in the front row wondered out loud why the runway was so narrow. As soon as model Iekeliene Stange opened the show in a pink and white airbrushed dress hand-worked into miniscule pleats, it became clear: the closer you were to the creations, the more amazing they looked. (Perhaps a presentation would have been more effective). Silk chiffon micro-pleats were worked into swirls and basket weaves, and an organza "feather" coat lacked actual feathers, but the fabric was worked into layers that appeared to be. Silk and wool suits that appeared simple from the front revealed intricate folds and drapes of fabric in the back. A series of comparatively uncomplicated white gowns closed the show, but there was no room for doubt: Obando is a master craftsman to be watched.