El Paseo Jewelers Fashion Week returns to Palm Desert

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.

2019 fashion week

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

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 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.

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