NY Fashion Week Spring 2017 Houston
Cesar Galindo at Fashion Week

Houston contingent supports Cesar Galindo at New York Fashion Week and it feels like a party

Houstonians support Cesar Galindo at NY Fashion Week with party spirit

Cesar Galindo spring 2017 collection
Cesar Galindo's spring 2017 collection includes sequined cocktail dresses and evening gowns accessorized with handbags from Houston designer Elizabeth Younger Purpich. © Froylan Flowers
Cesar Galindo, Joyce Echols
Cesar Galindo, Joyce Echols. © Froylan Flowers
Cesar Galindo spring 2017 collection
Cesar Galindo's spring 2017 collection includes several floral patterned dresses of varying lengths. © Froylan Flowers
Anika Jackson, Cesar Galindo, Staci Henderson
Anika Jackson, Cesar Galindo, Staci Hendeson. © Froylan Flowers
Cesar Galindo spring 2017 collection look 28
Cesar Galindo floral halter gown. © Froylan Flowers
Elizabeth Purpich Collection Longhorn black crocodile handbag at Cesar Galindo Collection
Elizabeth Purpich Collection Longhorn black crocodile handbag. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Purpich Collection
Bambi Lynn, Cesar Galindo and others
Left, Bambi Lynn, Cesar Galindo, Ken Fleishman, and Jane Hruska. © Froylan Flowers
Elizabeth Purpich Collection Americas brick handbag at Cesar Galindo collection
Elizabeth Purpich Collection Americas handbag complements Cesar Galindo floral dress. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Purpich Collection
Cesar Galindo spring 2017 collection
Models in gnome-like hairstyles stood back to back. © Froylan Flowers
Cesar Galindo spring 2017 collection
Cesar Galindo, Joyce Echols
Cesar Galindo spring 2017 collection
Anika Jackson, Cesar Galindo, Staci Henderson
Cesar Galindo spring 2017 collection look 28
Elizabeth Purpich Collection Longhorn black crocodile handbag at Cesar Galindo Collection
Bambi Lynn, Cesar Galindo and others
Elizabeth Purpich Collection Americas brick handbag at Cesar Galindo collection
Cesar Galindo spring 2017 collection

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."