“It’s inspired by my home country — Colombia — but it’s not ethnic,” Juan Carlos Obando explained backstage after his show.
It might seem like a disconnect, but Obando achieved non-ethnic-Colombian by referencing the topography along the coastline of Barranquilla. He re-created its palette — whites, sand, mauve, pale purple and pinks — and offered his signature fluid dresses. This season, the most directional was a white ruffled Empire-bodice dress. It evoked his sultry Latin style in a modern way.
Expanding from dresses, he focused on outerwear; a silky tan trench and a longer, oversize version in salmon stood out. Obando also paired cheetah-print pants with a simple white tank, as well as monochromatic layered silk separates that looked elegant yet easy.
“I wanted to show my range with this collection,” Obando said. He did.