Houston born-and-raised designer Cesar Galindo celebrated the last night of New York Fashion Week with a presentation of his colorful spring 2017 collection amid a forest-like setting. The event, known as Latinista Fashion Week because it highlights Latino/Latina designers, drew an eclectic crowd that included former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza and a strong Houston contingent.
Lending their support were Houston shoe designer Joyce Echols, Houston-based fashion blogger Heather Petrey (@LAFashionSnob), Anika Jackson, Staci Henderson, and Houston designer Elizabeth Younger Purpich whose limited-edition Elizabeth Purpich Collection handbags were featured with Galindo's creations. Backstage, Bambi Lynn, founder of Houston fashion production company Blinc by Bambi Lynn, helped Galindo out as she does at all of his New York shows.
A contingent of Galindo's San Antonio fans also flew in, adding a level of excitement that only Texans can bring.
"The audience is just as much a part of the show as the clothes," Galindo said. "So I felt the good energy of having the support of my home state back in the city."
Galindo dubbed his presentation "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," and instructed Aveda hair experts to add a gnome-like quality to the models' looks; hence the hairstyles resembled pointy horns. He wanted them to have a naughty good girl/bad girl vibe to match his collection, which was reflected in slinky sequined party dresses and gowns in red, orange, pink, blue and black.
Galindo also showed terrific casual looks for daytime, including floral prints and stripes in a variety of shapes, from flowing caftans to pleated dresses, jumpsuits in bold shades and a patchwork-print midi.
"There's everything from wear-to-work dresses to occasion daywear to 'let's have a good time' party looks," he said. "It's all about the textiles, with lots of color."