Designer Cesar Galindo launched CZAR in October 2011. It is his secondary women’s collection; a younger sophisticated version of his signature collection at a decent price point. Social occasion dresses, rich color palette, architecturally draped hems and necklines oozing femininity are very present in his CZAR line.
The self-taught designer and youngest of eleven children achieved notoriety when his washed silk kimono dress made the cover of Elle magazine, July 1993. Since then his designs have caught the eye of the rest of the world, I being one of them. His Spring/Summer collection was displayed in presentation form at the Hudson Hotel. The collection was spectacular, with a richness in color and fabric textures.
Walking into the presentation you were transported to a modern portrayal of Mount Olympus, with two dozen goddesses (models) floating on a crisp white cloud with artists sketching images at their feet, an image the Goddess of wisdom, Athena would envy. The collection was Grecian goddess with splashes of 70’s disco. From the draped v-neck chiffon caftan in a vivid snake print of sunshine yellow and emerald green colors to the Grecian deep-v silver and gold lame’ gown; it evoked youthfulness and femininity.
A sexy bright orange snake skin print bandeau paired with a light pale green tweed maxi skirt is the perfect example of that youthfulness I spoke about earlier. A hooded piece also graced the collection, with a wavy print composed of colors seen in a tropical sunset. A sultry column dress made a statement with its modern colored trompe-l’oeil mosaic print. Other separates made a color palette full of pale pastels balancing off the bold color blocked dresses of yellow and navy blue, with contrast stitching.
To complete the collection, the jewelry the goddesses had on were stunning. Chunky frosted matte Lucite necklaces dazzled our eyes as you walked from model to model. With their hair slicked back, a natural looking face of makeup, and bold open toe snake-skin heels, the essence of Spring/Summer was captured. Too bad ladies have to wait until Spring for this collection, after seeing the presentation who wouldn’t want to strut the white sands of Saint-Tropez in one of Czar’s designs.
By Christopher Garces.
Photos by J.C. Parra