The ninth annual Fashion Week El Paseo is just around the corner, bringing a seven-day celebration of fashion to the desert. Held on El Paseo in Palm Desert, the event kicks off under the “Big White Fashion Tent” on Sunday, March 16 with the Style & Beauty Bash, where beauty professionals will be lending their expertise to raise funds for local charities. Sunday’s event is followed up by a week full of runway and trunk shows, as well as meet-and-greet cocktail receptions and after parties. Below is a rundown of the week’s evening events:
Monday, March 17
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Fashion Show
Start the evening off with a pre-show cocktail reception benefitting the Junior League of Palm Springs Desert Communities, and then celebrate the work of nine FIDM graduates as they present their couture collections.
Tuesday, March 18
El Paseo Runway Night presents the “Street Seen on El Paseo” Fashion Show
The Girlfriend Factor, a local nonprofit organization that provides education grants to women, presents the Little Black Dress cocktail reception, followed by “Street Seen on El Paseo,” a runway spectacular featuring ten retailers showcasing looks for spring 2014.
Wednesday, March 19
Superstars of Project Runway Fashion Show
Michael Costello reveals his men’s and women’s collections for spring 2014, and shares the runway with four popular Project Runway designers: Uli Herzner, Viktor Luna, Ari for Andy South and Irena Shabayeva.
Thursday, March 20
JM Couture Presents “Life is a Runway” Fashion Show
The newest El Paseo designer, Jim Mullin, hits the Fashion Week El Paseo runway to showcase his debut JM Couture collection. A multi-talented designer, Mullin’s show will integrate music, fashion and theatre to dazzle the fashion week audience.
Friday, March 21
The Best of Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show
Saks Fifth Avenue presents men’s and women’s wear for spring 2014, including looks by Stella McCartney, Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Pucci and Ralph Lauren.
Saturday, March 22
Designer of the Week Fashion Show – Zang Toi
This year’s Designer of the Week, Zang Toi, closes out Fashion Week El Paseo with a runway show of his timeless collection of delicate silhouettes and exquisite fabrics.
For a full schedule of Fashion Week El Paseo 2014, including daytime events, visit Fashionweekelpaseo.com.