INSPIRATION: Obanda named the collection "La Poderosa Redux" (translation, the potent one). The designer cites his inspiration as technique and "Today's woman. Her form. The way she moves."
TOP LOOKS: Stone grey razor suit, black and white lace-up "boot-extensions" and lace-up boots; Brown wax-cotton top and olive hip cut wool slim trousers; Camel belted shirt dress; Long sleeve petal cashmere belted dress; Washed silk cloud grey and black banded top flowing gown
ACCESSORIES: Leg braces or "boot extensions" by George Esquivel, paired with Manolo Blahnik's matching lace-up booties
WHO WAS THERE: Editors from top books and it-creatures
WHAT WE THOUGHT: This Colombian Los Angeles-based designer is an art director by trade, and more recently a fashion designer and beauty entrepreneur (his line of hair products, Number Four, was presented on the seats of lucky editors). Obando's emphasis is on construction (he famously constructs garments himself) -- and he is thus very precise. The clothes look it.
This collection, his fifth, was focused, minimal and graphic. There was a simple palette of off-whites, olive (one of the weeks biggest colors), camel, black and grey. There was a utilitarian quality to the day wear (in that Pheobe Philo Celine-vein, we are seeing everywhere) -- with skinny hip-cut pants, angled jackets, sleeveless shells, self-belted coats, and shift dresses. And for evening there were gorgeous flowing silk gowns -- banded in an art director's favorite colors, black and white.
Now get all the details on the show's hair and makeup.