On day four of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week in New York, Cesar Galindo presented his Fall 2014 Collection, Alternate State. Galindo’s collection portrayed the modern-day working woman with transitioning pieces that included a range of black jackets, flared pants, short-sleeved boxy jackets, and dresses in unique patterns and textures and rich tones. Edgy yet sophisticated, the pieces were versatile, perfect for the contemporary woman always on the go.
In a pre-show interview with SJ Chronicle’s Michelle O. Dente, Cesar Galindo explained the vision behind his collection: “This collection is about the alternate states of existing, going from the morning, to work, to the evening.” With women now needing to leave the house prepared to spend the day simultaneously juggling children, relationships, and home, the designer believes women’s clothing needs to be comfortable, functional, and flexible.
To help the CZAR woman transcend the varied environments she encounters in her nonstop day, Galindo created pieces that can blend in any setting. Playful dresses ranged from flared, to boxy, to form fitting. An artsy-patterned flared dress with cap sleeves had splashes of black, turquoise, and burnt orange and a boxy, sleeveless turquoise dress with black tights both conveyed a youthful elegance. A simple black sleeveless dress added excitement with its three-dimensional details.
To add to the ultra-edgy demeanor, Galindo designed a long-sleeved purple and blue sequined dress and a black leather dress with intricate cut-out detailing. Feather-like outlines in black accented a stunning short white dress with pockets. .
Galindo showed off his trendy fabrics and silhouettes in a pair of super-slim textured leather pants and two pairs of wide, flared pants.
Galindo told SJ Chronicle he imagined a very confident woman wearing the pieces from this collection. “She’s a fashionista,” Galindo said, “one who’s subdued and bold at the same time—a high contrast.” To enhance the transcending and confident theme of the collection, lead makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff created a look that would transfer easily from day to night. She explained to SJ Chronicle, “I decided to do what I call ‘fire and smoke,’ but it’s basically these warm tones very reminiscent of fall.”
Ashunta used a palette of browns, gold, burnt orange, and even cranberry to display the colors of the season while keeping the look natural. “We gave a nice luminous pop on the cheekbones and we did some contouring,” she said. “And we did ombre lips; it’s very neutral on the outside and then goes into gold in the center.”
Hairstylists Janelle Chaplin and Joseph Mullen created a modern-day blade runner look—very polished with a chic sci-fi appearance. The hair was straightened and slicked back at the sides with hairspray; holy powder added pops of color. Mullen got his inspiration for color accents after visiting India. “There’s a festival called the Holy Festival where they celebrate by throwing really colorful powders around,” he explained. To add a special touch of detail to Galindo’s overall concept, nail artist Rose Velez-Miggens incorporated an edgy French manicure in black with a silver diagonal stripe.
Summing up his show, Galindo emphasized that quality is the most important element in his clothing. He said, “It’s important for what you put your name on. There’s a lot going on for me, I’m meeting with some major people. We’re developing a third-tier brand for me and it’s kind of just everything I’ve been wishing for coming to life.” Visit the brand’s website to see more of Galindo’s work.
Fashion Designer: Cesar Galindo (Czar)
Makeup Artist: Ashunta Sheriff for Mary Kay
Hairstylist: Janelle Chaplin and Joseph Mullen for Original Mineral
Nail Artist: Rose Velez-Miggins for La Palm Spa Products
Editor in Chief: Semant Jain, Ph.D.
Article Editor: Elizabeth Nash
Fashion Writer: Michelle O. Dente