It’s Good to be César
One could say 2014 is shaping up to be a great year for fashion designer César Galindo. It’s definitely long past due, since openly gay Galindo has had a long history of ups and downs on his fashion trajectory.
After first achieving notoriety when his washed silk kimono dress made the cover of Elle magazine (July 1993) on supermodel Karen Mulder, Galindo launched his first namesake line at Henri Bendel. He then went on to design for such huge fashion houses as Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein Collection and L.A.M.B., later designing dress collections to honor World AIDS Day in 2011. He lost his business and life partner to cancer but has since dressed fashion royalty like Madonna, Lady Gaga and his former L.A.M.B. boss, Gwen Stefani.
His Fall 2014 Czar by César Galindo collection was shown Sunday afternoon at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion week, making him the sole U.S. Latino designer presenting this fall. He told Fox News Latino he’s "proud to represent and has no doubt that the apparent dearth of Latino designers showcasing their work is changing fast."
While balancing the crowd-pleasing contemporary Czar line with his Park Avenue favorite César Galindo Couture line, he’s also debuting a mass-tige line, "Lindo," with an as yet unnamed American retail chain later in the year.
No wonder the Czar César Galindo lineup for fall looked so celebratory and multi-faceted. Titled "Altered States," Galindo wanted to create clothes that went with our modern technological and active lifestyles.
"Technology inspires mobility. The office isn’t even in the office anymore for many people. I’m addressing the needs of my clients who struggle for a wardrobe as flexible as their lifestyles. We’re in constant movement. It’s become the DNA of our existence," he said to Fox News Latino.
Progressive Designs, Easy to Wear
Galindo has created clothes that have a lot of impact without a lot of demands on the wearer. A two-piece, three-quarter-sleeve top and pleated skirt looked simultaneously sweet and structured in scalloped, tiered fabric. Painterly prints had a digital edge and leathers were laser cut and perforated, including a statement-making hooded parka that will surely be wait-listed fast by this stylish crowd. The steely blue midi length dress with large silver jacquard dots felt the freshest and most autumnal.
The collection as a whole felt a tad lightweight with the leather hooded piece and a maxi-length hooded sweater coat being the only outerwear options.
Hair was brushed back and straight for a feminine but easy to do and run out the door style. For dramatic effect, models had slashes of blue paint at their temples along their hairline (Don’t try this at home.)
Adding to the overall progressive feeling, Galindo wisely chose a presentation setting where editors, writers and buyers could move around and see everything from up close and personal angles. This helped to really see the ease and wearability of these pieces. Models even smiled and did little dances, a sight that really made you feel like this wasn’t as much "work" for them as maybe some of the other shows.