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CZAR by Cesar Galindo – NYFW September 2014
Anya Caliendo's "Ghost Gardens" – NYFW September 2014
David Tupaz – NYFW September 2014

CZAR by Cesar Galindo – NYFW September 2014

The CZAR by Cesar Galindo line is his second collection in the Cesar Galindo family. It is considered as the younger and more sophisticated version of his namesake signature collection. CZAR offers mostly dresses and softer separates, juxtaposed with edgy statement pieces that are valued at contemporary pricing.

The CZAR by Cesar Galindo S/S 2015 show was like a high school reunion for Houstonians (since Cesar Galindo’s hometown is Houston). Not only were the ‘who’s who’ of Houston’s fashion industry in attendance, but also spotted were actresses Adrienne Moore and Vickie Leudy from the hit show- Orange is the New Black. The show was set up gallery style, which I’ve been finding out has been the optimal setting for getting the best photos of the clothing. Seated around the presentation were twelve pre-selected fashion illustrators (as part of a meet-up group) drawing the models. It was interesting seeing each illustrator’s interpretation of the collection.

The Spring/Summer 2015 collection featured bright colors, eye-popping beading, sequins and exquisite textures. I would like to think that Cesar’s collection was inspired by a vacation…perhaps a tropical or resort-style vacation. I also loved the statement necklaces that were provided by Jane Hruska. The models braided hair was lovely and simple, however there was a twist… gold foil-like material was added at the bottom of the braid to create an extra statement factor. My take-aways from the event would have to be the multi-color sequin jumpsuit, the red/white snakeskin and silver bandeau tops and the black and yellow draped dress and briefly meeting Adrienne, Vickie and Cesar.

Not bad for a self-taught designer, eh?

The show was produced by the lovely Miss Bambi Lynn owner of BLINC by Bambi Lynn– a Houston based fashion production company.

Anya Caliendo's "Ghost Gardens" – NYFW September 2014

Right this way to the “Dior Suite”…

Lips, macaroons, aluminum leaves, feathers and pearls. Those are some of the key traditional and nontraditional elements that make up New York milliner Anya Caliendo’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection-“Ghost Gardens.”

The “Ghost Gardens” collection, showcased in the strikingly luxurious “Dior Suite” in the St. Regis New York hotel; was inspired by illusions, memories, and shadows from the past, or possibly forgotten memories, a first love lost, or a forbidden kiss. The collection was a tribute to the art of millinery, an encapsulated collection of couture gowns to enhance the millinery collection. Bright double-sided cashmere jackets and shimmery silk georgette skirts took center stage, which gave us an exciting experience along with the dazzling hats. It was literally like stepping into a 1950s Grace Kelly movie.

Anya Caliendo is a Russian-American designer, based in New York. She studied millinery under Queen Elizabeth’s personal milliner Mrs. Rose Cory, and Mr. Stephen Jones a while after. She went on to create hats for Donna Karan, Christian Dior, Comme des Garcons and other fashion industry notables.

This past year marks five remarkable years for the atelier. She handcrafts every piece herself and does not use a single machine-stitch or glue. Her style is impeccable. Naturally, I was honored to have been asked to attend her NYFW show.

David Tupaz – NYFW September 2014

This year marks the first NYFW runway show for Filipino and celebrated red carpet designer- David Tupaz, and was hosted by the Philippine Consulate. David moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1998 and has since branched out to Las Vegas. He also single-handedly created the Las Vegas Fashion Designer’s Council, where he mentors local artists and designers so that they will benefit themselves and the community. His work has been seen on numerous red carpets and countless celebrities.

His Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection, titled- “Las Vegas.” It was inspired by not only the city, but also the elegance of women. He went on to add that “when you look at all the old movies, the women were all beautiful. Have you ever seen a bad photo of Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly? They were the epitome of elegance.” The collection seemed to have consisted of three stories- resort/beach, the office/Uptown and evening/cocktail. The resort/beach portion was comprised of black and white with a burst of lime green. Materials looked chic and easy, with some sheer (but could be easily layered). Oversize flouncy beach hats with flowers stole the show. The office/Uptown portion also had a black and white palette, but also with grey hues. The suits took on a 40s vibe with crisp tailoring and stylish fedoras. The evening/cocktail portion also emphasized black and white, with additional visions of kelly green and silver metallics. Fun headwear also caught my attention. I loved the kelly green dress with a 50s silhouette and the sleek jumpsuit. The show ended with David making his entrance with one of his models and thanking the audience.

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