The Designer: Juan Carlos Obando
The Venue: Eyebeam Gallery, which was completely dark except for a few artfully-placed spotlights that caught the models as they wafted in and out of the cavernous, smoke-filled space.
The Crowd: Shoe designer George Esquivel, editors from every major magazine and buyers from every major retailer.
The Collection: A mash-up of modernized Victorian silhouettes, the Nicole Kidman suspense film, The Others, and the rock-god showmanship of bands the National, Kiss and Queen. Los Angeles-based designer JC Obando outfitted his Fall 2011 heroine in ethereal ruffled gowns in icy white and mint green, fishtail skirts with leather-caged bodices and pencil skirt suits with metallic or black leather appliqués.
Standout Piece(s): An ivory goddess gown with a gold leather belt, a linen sheath encased in a black leather cage, and a fitted black cocktail dress with a detached crystal sleeve.