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Zaldy  NY Fashion Week Fall 2005

Fashion Ledge - Zaldy
You have modeled in an Levis ad campaign that was banned from ever airing in the United States. You have walked the runway as a member of the opposite sex in support of such designers as Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, and Jean Paul Gaultier. And you have constructed custom-made, made-to-measure designs for yourself and dozens of downtown denizens including Parker Posey, and event hostess Susanne Bartsch. What is the next, inherent step in this evolution of artistic _expression? For style maven Zaldy Goco the development of a fully conceived, runway collection was not only the obvious answer, but a necessary one. “I have toyed with the idea for as long as I can remember and in 2002 I felt the most ready to take it on,” says the designer.

After having studied fashion design at Parsons in Los Angeles and The Fashion Institute of Technology, Zaldy and his then partner makeup artist Mathu Andersen, became legends in the downtown, nightclub circuit. Together, the two styled one another, creating outrageous clothing and looks that quickly caught the attention of event producer Susanne Bartsch. Before long, the two were a permanent fixture at every Bartsch-conceived event, working the crowd, while elevating the level of crossed-dressed elegance. Such exposure lead to collaborations and image consulting with such names as Donna Karan, Sheseido,MAC Cosmetics, Lady Miss Kier of Dee-Lite, and RuPaul.

Always ahead of his time, Zaldy’s designs adeptly fuse a grounded, direct aesthetic with the designer’s glamorous night-time roots.“I thought about the diverse women in my life…and what they would like to wear and own, whatever the occasion, whether it’s a movie premiere,…a parent/teacher event,…a rock show, whatever. I’m interested in creating strong pieces that remain approachable and non-threatening or overbearing. Easy and uncomplicated……comfortable without being dull!”

So many of today’s most influential Hollywood and music icons such as Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Shakira, Halle Berry to name a few as well as many diverse women enjoy wearing Zaldy’s collection and look to him for custom made one of a kind pieces.

As well as designing his own collection, Zaldy is currently working with Gwen Stefani designing her fashion line L.A.M.B. for Spring 2005 making this his second collection with Gwen. He also worked as costume designer for Parker Posey in her film “ Laws of Attraction” which co-stars Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan. He will also appear with Britney Spears on her ABC special for which he created custom designed performance outfits. Zaldy is also developing a clothing line with David Barton for the David Barton Gyms. As well as design he works as a stylist having styled Rufus Wainwrights’ new album WANT 1 and Melissa Auf Der Maur, former bass player for Hole and Smashing Pumkins’ new solo video “Followed the Waves” directed by Jesse Peretz.

Photographed by Kenyatta D. Pious
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