STRIPE IT RICH – NEW YORK DESIGNER CESAR GALINDO SHINES BRIGHT LIKE A RAINBOW
In our industry, the spotlight is often times on those established fashion designers that are super popular and have brand recognition (the Gucci’s, Prada, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs etc). That leaves hundreds of talented, creative and lesser-known designers in the dark. Over some 30 years of my career as a fashion writer, editor, journalist, I’ve made it my duty to put some shine on those lesser known, but super talented designers who sometimes just slide by, without the recognition they deserve.
WENDY’S FALL WEARING CESAR
That being said, permit me to introduce or re-introduce you to CESAR GALINDO one of the most talented, but unheralded designers of our time. Although over the last month, he’s been getting more recognition from some roundabout sources, one cannot just let this creative force in our industry go by unnoticed. Between a successful New York Fashion Week showing, a major runway and trunk show at Collection MoDA in Jamaica, trunk shows in San Antonio, Texas, Cesar got some major shine when talk show host Wendy Willimas fainted, live on air, during her morning talk show, wearing a Cesar Galindo creation of the Statue of Liberty, at her Halloween Costume Show. Cesar laughed at the incident, as another one of his incredible experiences, as a designer who’s been on the New York fashion scene for some 25 years. To date, he’s designed for some key players in the entertainment arena including; Madonna, Missy Elliott, Chaka Khan, Courtney Cox, Grace Jones and Joan Jett.
THE GRACE JONES CONNECTION
Originally from Houston, Texas, with Mexican roots, Cesar started his design career by creating corsets and period costumes for the Houston Grand Opera and the Miami City Ballet. It was in Texas where he was asked to create a costume for International singing and screen star, Jamaican beauty Grace Jones. So impressed with his work, Grace questioned why Cesar was still in Texas and not in New York where his talent would flourish. “I remember Grace Jones asking `What are you doing here? You should be in New York. So she really inspired me to make that move, and it’s the best thing that ever happened. I am still in touch with Grace, her documentary is about to be released.”
NEW YORK EXPERIENCE
Cesar moved to New York in the mid-80s and started working at TSE Cashmere as a showroom manager. He worked for designer Carmelo Pomodoro before moving on to work for nine years with Dolce & Gabbana. His fashion trajectory continued with Calvin Klein Collection for seven seasons before working with L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani. Along the way, he created the dramatic looks for singer Adam Lambert’s backup dancers and sold in prestigious stores including Henri Bendel in New York and Martha’s, an exclusive Park Avenue boutique. His quality garments are always a hit with global fashionistas. Cesar is known as a fine tailor, a skilled draper and creative visionary whose design sensibility and flair for style have been well documented in the fashion notebooks of the world. His attention to detail and a keen eye for color is unparalleled. Cesar’s gowns, dresses, and suits feature his trademark, orchestrated, one seam effect, particularly seen in his dresses. Cesar is also known for the big doses of architecture, that is injected in all of his creations.
THE CZAR LINE
In 2011 Cesar created CZAR by Cesar Galindo, a second, more moderately prices collection which was highly favored from its inception. According to the designer, his newest line was created for an edgier, younger woman which is defined by dresses, soft separates and statement accent pieces. It’s created for a younger, sophisticated version of his signature collection at a contemporary price point. I asked what is his design process in terms of sketching and fabrication. “The textiles come first, then I formulate the story that way,” said Cesar.
Every Cesar Galindo collection I’ve seen brings a new dimension of fashion to the industry. From his delicious New York Fashion Week presentation to the lavish Collection Moda line, Cesar is always on the pulse of what his customer wants. The newest collection is based on the boldest, colorful stripes and delicate prints that is drenched in modernity. His latest collection shown at Collection Moda and sold at Moda Marketplace in Jamaica was inspired by Art Deco and Cuba. “The colors are bright, rainbow colors and feature different types of fringes on the evening and cocktail dresses,” said Cesar.
Credited as being the first Latino designer to showcase at New York Fashion Week’s Lincoln Center venue, Cesar Galindo revealed that his `Style Icon’ is International Beauty, and, legendary actress; Sophia Loren – “Because her style has always captured me, even as a child. Style for me is confidence.” said the designer.