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Cesar Galindo with Houston models at Czar show February 2014
Cesar Galindo, center, poses with models from the Houston-based Page Parkes agency. Photo by ©ThomasConcordia
Fashion Week fall 2014 collections Czar By Cesar Galindo February 2014
The fall Czar by Cesar Galindo collection features dress in Pollack-like prints. Photo by © Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Ana de la Reguera, Cesar Galindo, Joan Jett
From left, Ana de la Reguera, Cesar Galindo and Joan Jett. Photo by ©ThomasConcordia
Cesar Galindo with model at Czar show February 2014
Hoodies can be worn anywhere from galas to yoga class, Galindo says. Photo by ©ThomasConcordia
Fashion Week fall 2014 collections Czar By Cesar Galindo February 2014
A scalloped white dress in tiered fabric. Photo by © Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Czar by Cesar Galindo fashion presentation February 2014
Galindo showcased his collection in a new space called The Hub. Photo by ©ThomasConcordia
Bambi Lynn with models at Cesar Galindo Czar show February 2014
Bambi Lynn, second from right, poses with several Houston models. Courtesy photo
Czar by Cesar Galindo fashion presentation February 2014
Models showcased the fall Czar by Cesar Galindo collection. Photo by Bambi Lynn
Cesar Galindo fitting with model for Czar show February 2014
Galindo does some last-minute fitting before the show. Photo by Bambi Lynn
Cesar Galindo with Houston models at Czar show February 2014
Fashion Week fall 2014 collections Czar By Cesar Galindo February 2014
Ana de la Reguera, Cesar Galindo, Joan Jett
Cesar Galindo with model at Czar show February 2014
Fashion Week fall 2014 collections Czar By Cesar Galindo February 2014
Czar by Cesar Galindo fashion presentation February 2014
Bambi Lynn with models at Cesar Galindo Czar show February 2014
Czar by Cesar Galindo fashion presentation February 2014
Cesar Galindo fitting with model for Czar show February 2014

NEW YORK — Cesar Galindo never forgets his roots. For the debut of his Czar by Cesar Galindo fall collection, the Houston-raised fashion designer looked to the Bayou City for some help.

Nine models from the Page Parkes agency headed to the Big Apple from H-Town 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. Lynn was accompanied by her daughter, Madison Ramsay, to get an up-close view of the fashion week activities.

"I've known Page since I was 14. She has always supported me. I thought it would be cool to have some Texas representives."

"I've known Page since I was 14," Galindo explained. "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 made for the woman on the move 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: "OK darling, whatever you want."

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