El Paseo Jewelers Fashion Week returns Saturday, March 19, through Saturday, March 26, and will feature cocktail receptions, celebrity meet-and-greets, pop-up stores, world-renowned designers including Keanan Duffty, Trina Turk and the “stars of tomorrow” of the fashion industry.
Fashion Week was last staged in 2019, with two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Designers including Turk, Michael Costello, Aneka Brown, Duffty, Christopher Bates and Edwin Oudshoorn will be joined by 10 graduates of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, to showcase specially crafted collections around a new interactive u-shape runway.
Fashion Week launches Saturday at 6:30 pm with Turk’s collection of “West Coast Attitude,” and ends on Saturday, March 26, with “The Fantastical Fashions” of Oudshoorn. All evening presentations will take place at the upper level parking deck at The Gardens on El Paseo, 73-545 El Paseo, Palm Desert.
Each evening is programmed around a variety of themes, and even offer a chance for donors and volunteers to walk the catwalk with their rescue dogs as a way of raising funds for local charities including: Palm Springs Animal Shelter and California Paws Rescue in Palm Desert. “Le Chien” is happening on Sunday, March 20 at 5 pm with a cocktail reception at 4 pm
Duffty, award-winning British fashion designer, musician and author, will be presenting his collection “Rebel! Rebel! On the Runway” on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 pm
“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 really made everyone take a look at what they were doing in all creative fields. 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, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and David Bowie, has had tremendous success not only in the fashion industry, but also with his band Slinky Vagabond.
“One of the upsides of COVID was to take time to re-evaluate more than anything else. With this show I chose to do a retrospective presentation with all original video content,” he said.
Duffty hopes to communicate a sense of freedom and subcultural influences with his presentation of 30 men’s looks and 10 women’s looks.
Palm Springs Life Fashion Director Susan Stein said in 2019, El Paseo Fashion Week had a total attendance of 13,650, 240 volunteers, 23 El Paseo stores participating, and nine charities receiving over $58,000.
“A lot of times it takes over a year to put a show together,” said Stein, who has been producer and fashion director for Fashion Week since its first year in 2006. “We started 15 years ago and in our first show we had 250 people in one 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 is accompanied by pop-up stores where attendees are able to not only meet the designers but have direct access to the collection pieces immediately after the show. Stein encourages anyone who would like to, to volunteer in the fashion show.
“It’s a great way to enjoy the glamor and energy of fashion week and meet new people,” she said. “We have had volunteers that have been coming back for 10 years because they are giving to the community and get to 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 volunteering opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.