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CZAR by Cesar Galindo Fall 2013

Cesar Galindo has worked under Francisco Costa and at L.A.M.B, now on his own with CZAR the Houston-native has created a collection he wants to be accessible to "every woman." He may have achieved his purpose. There were certainly a variety of looks to pick between, all with a relaxed feel that gives way to the reality of cold-weather dressing: the need to layer.

The show's first piece, a boxy, powder blue coat that spoke to our sense of drama with oversized lapels, was the first glimpse of simple, classic-looking American Sportswear. From fitted pencil sheaths to casual tops that could be worn on your Saturday errand run, there was something in it for the practical wardrobe-builder in each of us. Not excessively creative, or even pretty, we had to at least appreciate Galindo's commitment to his goal and his ability to follow through.

There were a few looks that felt as if they were thrown in as a "high-fashion" afterthought, to help balance the danger of being too pedestrian. The metallic outerwear and suits will be hard to move out of stores -- if they get there, as will the leather arm sleeves that are neither glove nor part of the garment. But we enjoyed the effort. We'll definitely be anticipating Galindo's evolution under his own label.

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