New York Fashion Week: Mexican American designer César Galindo creates sci-fi cool

Video by Alessandra Hickson

The animated series “The Jetsons” may have ended its run on small-screen airwaves in 1987, but Mexican American designer César Galindo says that the sci-fi television show was among his inspirations for his new women’s wear collection that was both urban chic and evocative of space travel.

“I’m fascinated by technology – both by what it looks like and what it does,” shared Galindo during a backstage interview moments before the presentation of his new Spring/Summer 2014 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. “Technology has come a long way since I was a kid watching ‘The Jetsons’ and I’m so excited to see how much more it changes.”

For Galindo – who founded CZAR by César Galindo after a nearly 20-year career designing collections for brands like Calvin Klein – the opportunity to show New York’s fashion elite his vision of sci-fi cool was nearly out of this world (no-pun intended!).

“There’s lots of pushing the envelope, which I’m excited to share with the public,” said Galindo about his ready-to-wear collection. “There’s a lot layering, because I think technology enables us to live in a layered world. It adds layers to us and it also allows us to layer on top of each other. So you see that in the design element too. Layers are a prominent part in this collection, as is a constant juxtaposition in silhouettes.”

Draped tunics with hoods, playful jumpsuits, fitted sheaths and elegant evening wear were the focal point at Galindo’s presentation, all executed in luxurious chiffon and woven cotton material in shimmering metallic silver. Silver cream highlighter – the hue of futuristic space ships – was worn by models on the cheekbones and as a wash of color on the eyes. The shade was also lacquered as a manicure on the presentation’s models; deeper silver was present on handbags as well. But in keeping with the color-blocking trend, Galindo – the youngest of eleven children – did not shy away from vivid, sexy hues throughout his new collection.

“If I don’t use color, people freak out,” the 47-year-old Houston, Texas native shared, referring to his trademark use of color.  Bright red, brilliant fuchsia, vivid yellow, emerald green, deep blue and aquamarine shades were all used, as were neutral shades like black and ivory.

Watch Galindo describe what makes his Spring/Summer 2014 Collection different from any other he’s designed during his long career and share how he hopes to contribute to the legacy of American design.

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