The Real Deal New York

REBNY on the runway

Annual awards gala to feature a fashion show with famed designer Cesar Galindo

October 01, 2012
By Lucy Cohen Blatter

Cesar Galindo

Real estate brokers will be striking a pose at this year’s Real Estate Board of New York Residential Deal of the Year Awards and Charity Gala, courtesy of fashion designer Cesar Galindo.

Galindo, known for his glamorous gowns, will present a runway show at the sartorially themed REBNY event, to be held Oct. 25 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

“I’m going to be showing the Cesar Galindo Spring 2013 collection, which is inspired by Japanese Art Deco,” Galindo told TRD, just days after the New York Fashion Week showing of his Czar by Cesar Galindo collection.

The REBNY show will be “more focused on eveningwear” than his Fashion Week looks, Galindo said. “We’re going to do something theatrical, hoping to wow the crowd. We’re the entertainment of the evening, and it’s more exciting for them to see something a little more edgy.”

Every year, the REBNY gala has a theme. Last year’s was the Waterfront — it was held at Chelsea Piers — and the year before, Casino Night. “We like to make it different, so it never gets boring,” explained Barbara Fox, cochair of REBNY’s Deal of the Year committee. “We have to keep coming up with new ideas. Next year is the 25th anniversary, and we’re already planning for that.” (The theme is still under wraps.)

And fashion actually does have some real estate tie-ins. Galindo said fashion and real estate “go hand-in-hand.”

“This is one of the leading cities where real estate and fashion coincide,” Galindo said. “A good broker can help a designer’s showroom get placed in the right spot.”

The committee considered a number of designers to headline the event, “but we’re in love with Cesar — he’s young, energetic and so fabulous,” said Fox, who plans to wear a Galindo design to the event. “Plus, he was really on board with the charitable side of it.”

Proceeds from the event go to REBNY’s Residential Member in Need Fund, which supports members facing hardship because of illness or family crisis.

Galindo said he’s happy to help. “As designers, we have our collections sitting in a showroom,” he said. “To get exposure and to do it for a good cause — it’s all great.”

The designer, who lives in a studio in Midtown and has a showroom just a few blocks away, added: “These are the real estate brokers of New York. I’m excited to meet them and network.”

The fashion theme doesn’t end with the runway show, either. There will also be a raffle with prizes from top designers, including Cynthia Steffe and Donna Karan. And all guests who enter the event will do so on a red carpet. “We’ll have photographers there, too,” Fox said. “We want everyone to feel special.”

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