Friday, October 14, 2016

In the Flesh: Cult Badass Cesar Padilla at Tucson Fashion Week

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Filmmaker, writer, photographer, musician and clothing archivist Cesar Padilla is in town as part of Tucson Fashion Week. Last night (Thursday, Oct. 13) he curated a micro rock ’n’ roll T-shirt art exhibit, held a meet-and-greet and book signing at Hotel Congress, and was featured in TFW’s City Chic: A Fashion Show, Art Exhibit and Party at Rialto Theater.

Some Padilla backstory: He earned street cred interning out of high school at punk label Frontier Records then later at Rough Trade. Before scribing and contributing photographs for LA Weekly, Index, The New York Times and Butt Magazine Padilla came up through filmmaking. He also co-owned Cherry, a storied vintage boutique in Manhattan, and has furnished wardrobe for film and TV projects such as American Gangster and American Hustle and HBO’s too-soon cancelled Vinyl.

Some stuff of legend: Padilla lived in Louisville, Kentucky back in the mid-’90s. When he split for greener pastures, he left behind–in the Louisville Visual Art Association offices at the downtown library–stacks of outtakes and old films he’d made. By chance, filmmaker Ryan Daly stumbled upon the canisters and created found-footage films.

Padilla has directed two award-winning shorts—Squaresville and Cindy—and directed three music videos by L.A. death-metal band Brujeria. He recently completed a horror screenplay that's reversely being adapted into a novel. He’s also singer/guitarist the Ritchie White Orchestra.

Padilla’s 2010 book, Ripped: T-Shirts From the Under-ground (whose introduction was penned by Lydia Lunch and words contributed by Thurston Moore, Betsey Johnson and Judy Nylon), paid loving homage to the rock ’n’ roll T-shirt while sort of telling a story on the history punk. Each tee (200 all told) in the pretty tome was photographed the way it was found—untempered or refined by art or taste, raw, sweat-stained.

Then, at the Rialto, for “City Chic: A Fashion Show, Art Exhibit and Party” models took to the catwalk with a minimalist music performance by Goat, a glammy-fuzzy duo of guitarist Clif Taylor (aka Chick Cashman) and drummer Daphna Ron. The spectacle was a street-y runway show featuring local, regional and national designers—with presentations from Esteban by Esteban Osuna, Kayzrly by Kimberley Lloyd, Generation Cool and Kreate by Carlos Osuna, designs from Able Gallegos, Anine Paulsen and Christopher Pape as well as a peak into Cesar Padilla’s sartorial work for Vinyl. The exhilarating show pretty much killed from start to finish.

The Tucson Fashion Week continues through Saturday night.

Go see Padilla perform with Chick Cashman Tonight (Friday) at 10 p.m., at Maynard’s, 400 N Toole Ave. 

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