Showing for the first time in Paris, Los Angeles-based Juan Carlos Obando drew on his early career as a graphic designer, as well as the work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, for his fall collection. The result was a tight lineup that took a fresh, unassuming approach to eveningwear.

 

Light fabrics, including silk-cashmere and silk-linen blends, finessed the architectural and graphic elements, such as the diagonal-cutaway hem of a dusty pink top over a long skirt that descended into a pretty puddle, and a similar black top over a dressed-up pair of black and Army-green slouchy trousers with patches of linen and cotton. “You can formalize or informalize,” said Obando.

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