Cesar Galindo never forgets his roots. For the debut of his Czar by Cesar Galindo fall collection at New York Fashion Week, the Houston-raised fashion designer looked to the Bayou City for some help.
Nine models from the Houston-based Page Parkes agency (which also has offices in Dallas and Austin) headed to the Big Apple to appear in Galindo's show, courtesy of Parkes. Also along for the ride was Bambi Lynn, whose company, Blinc by Bambi Lynn, produced the show with Gregory Triana of Blue Cashew Production.
"I've known Page Parkes since I was 14," Galindo said. "I thought it would be cool to have some Texas representatives."
"I've known Page since I was 14," Galindo said. "She has always supported me. I thought it would be cool to have some Texas representatives."
Models Anna Robertson, Taylor Hilton, Kasey Costgrove, Marlee Menedez, Emily Matheny, Sarah Tierney, Shelby Bullard, Charlotte Stevens and Taylor May — along with around 12 New York-based models — showcased the collection of active sportswear in a new space, called The Hub, at the Hudson Hotel.
"Women have to live their lives and plan their days accordingly," Galindo said. "It's got to work for the office and a cocktail party."
Galindo's collection ranges from demure sheaths in Jackson Pollack-like prints to tight laser-cut leather slacks with a shoulder-baring satin halter vest and black bolero jacket. Standouts included a metallic blue dress with silver jacquard dots and a cocktail dress in shimmery shades of purple. Galindo topped some prints with full-length hooded sweaters and jackets for a more urban look.
"A hoodie can be worn for everything — from a gala to yoga class," he said.
Some of the edgier looks got a nod of approval from rocker Joan Jett, who saw at least five pieces she coveted and ordered them on the spot. (Galindo has previously designed outfits for Jett's concert tour.)
His response: "Okay, darling. Whatever you want."