El Paseo Jewelers Fashion Week Returns to Palm Desert

El Paseo Jewelers Fashion Week returns from Saturday March 19 through Saturday March 26 and will feature cocktail parties, celebrity meet-and-greets, pop-up stores, world-renowned designers such as Keanan Duffty, Trina Turk and the “stars of tomorrow” of the fashion industry.

Fashion Week last took place in 2019, with two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Designers such as Turk, Michael Costello, Aneka Brown, Duffty, Christopher Bates and Edwin Oudshoorn will be joined by 10 graduates from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, to present collections specially designed around a new interactive U-shaped track.

Fashion Week kicks off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with Turk’s “West Coast Attitude” collection and ends Saturday March 26 with “The Fantastical Fashions” by Oudshoorn. All evening presentations will take place on the upper level parking deck at The Gardens of El Paseo, 73-545 El Paseo, Palm Desert.

Fashion Week 2019

Each night is programmed around a variety of themes, and even offers a chance for donors and volunteers to parade down the catwalk with their rescue dogs to raise money for local charities including: Palm Springs Animal Shelter and California Paws Rescue in Palm Desert. “Le Chien” takes place on Sunday March 20 at 5 p.m. with a cocktail at 4 p.m.

Duffty, award-winning British fashion designer, musician and author, will present his “Rebel! rebel! On the Runway” on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Keanan Duffty and wife Nancy Garcia

“It’s an incredible privilege to be able to show in Palm Desert, with a live audience, with a traditional runway setting,” he said. “I think COVID has really pushed everyone to take a look at what they’re doing in all creative areas. It’s great to be with real people, not necessarily fashion editors, but real people who consume fashion. I’m very lucky.”

Duffty, who has dressed the Sex Pistols, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and David Bowie, has had huge success not only in the fashion industry, but also with his band Slinky Vagabond.

“One of the benefits of COVID was taking the time to reevaluate more than anything else. With this show, I chose to do a retrospective presentation with all of the original video content,” he said.

Duffty hopes to communicate a sense of freedom and subcultural influences with her presentation of 30 looks for men and 10 looks for women.

Palm Springs Life fashion director Susan Stein said in 2019, El Paseo Fashion Week attracted 13,650 people, 240 volunteers, 23 participating El Paseo stores, and nine charities receiving over $58,000.

“Often it takes more than a year to put together a show,” said Stein, who has been a producer and fashion director for Fashion Week since its freshman year in 2006. “We started 15 years ago and when from our first show we had 250 people in a tent, now it’s eight days with nine shows.”

According to Palm Springs Life, Fashion Week is one of the largest direct-to-consumer fashion shows and comes complete with pop-up stores where attendees can not only meet the designers, but also have direct access to pieces from the collection. immediately after the Display. Stein encourages anyone who wishes to volunteer for the fashion show.

“It’s a great way to take in the glamor and energy of fashion week and meet new people,” she said. “We have volunteers who have been coming back for 10 years because they give back to the community and can see and be part of the whole event.”

The event is presented by Palm Springs Life and sponsored by El Paseo Jewelers and Bobby Lampros. For more information and tickets, visit https://www.fashionweekelpaseo.com. For volunteer opportunities, email [email protected]

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