CZAR by Cesar Galindo has embraced the vibrancy of the Caribbean in his Spring 2014 collection. The accomplished self-taught fashion designer gave an hour-long presentation at The Box during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, drawing on his latin heritage.
Using his signature palate of bright colours and prints, Galindo took the inspiration of virtual travel to create a futuristic and fun collection. From flirty dresses, to urban-inspired cropped jackets Galindo represented the fast-pace world in which we live.
According to the designer, "This is a collection about virtual travel and technology. You can go anywhere in the world with the snap of your fingertips. Trends and customer demands are happening simultaneously by the accessibility of today's mediums."
CZAR by Cesar Galindo continues to make a bold statement in the industry today, one which has been evident since his debut collection where he is known for diversity when casting models. In addition to the New York agencies, there were a number of models from the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.
The vibrancy and colours of the Caribbean were distinctive in his soft flirty dresses on show.
When asked by Flair about his choice of fabric, the accomplished designer referenced his heritage as being a key factor. "I am Latino, so colour always comes out for me. I can't help it. This is complementary to the island of Jamaica. We live in colour," stated Galindo.
Ja's own style
Among New York City's top designers, Galindo paid compliment to Jamaica's strong sense of fashion. "You have your own style. That's the beauty of your demographic. I have visited the island and you can see it in the clothes."
Galindo, the youngest of 11 children, began his career in fashion designing corsets and period costumes for The Miami City Ballet, and then for The Houston Grand Opera in his hometown. He moved to New York in the mid 1980s to continue his work as a designer and started in the fashion industry at TSE Cashmere as a showroom manager. After a year, he went on to design for Carmelo Pomodoro, a then-rising international sportswear designer.
During this time, Cesar began developing his own line, a signature collection specialising in dresses for social and evening events. Galindo achieved notoriety when his washed silk kimono dress made the cover of Elle magazine, July 1993, on supermodel Karen Mulder. Galindo's first trunk show was at the renowned Martha's International on Park Avenue and was followed at New York City retail institution Henri Bendel.
Over the next decade, the brand Cesar Galindo developed in distribution domestically and internationally at select retailers. For the last 22 years, Galindo has balanced his time designing his own collection as well as working as a contract designer for private clients such as Joan Jett, Courtney Cox and for established labels, including Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein Collection under the design direction of Francisco Costa.
In October 2011, Galindo launched CZAR by Cesar Galindo, his secondary women's collection, consisting predominately of dresses and soft separate components and varied edgier statement items.
CZAR offers a younger sophisticated version of his signature collection at a contemporary price point. Neiman Marcus's online store, Cusp, launched CZAR S12, with a successful overall selling performance. Femininity, social occasion dresses, architecturally draped hems and necklines and a rich colour palette are inherent of Galindo and will remain present to both Cesar Galindo Collection and Czar.
So what does Cesar see as the trend next season? "It's about using white as an accent to all your colours," he told Flair.