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Emerging style icons

A clear-sequined evening dress with chiffon “feathers” from L.A. designer JC Obando. Obando, whose fall/winter 2008 collection is his most ambitious, is showing his line on the New York runway for the first time. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
This color-block bias-cut gown is part the superheroes collection Juan Carlos Obando is showing in his first appearance on the New York runways. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Obando’s electric blue chiffon coat has been painstakingly tucked and sewn to look like fur. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Juan Carlos Obando (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Inspired by comic strips, Obando doesn’t get too literal about the superhero look. His collection coincides with a surge in popularity of superheroes. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Koi Suwannagate is another L.A. designer elevating the homespun DIY aesthetic. (Koi Suwannagate)
Marc Jacobs (Ari Mintz / Newsday)
Rodarte is changing opinions about American fashion with serious design and couture-like approach. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)