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El Paseo FW April 2 – 9 2016

Nestled within the beautiful Coachella Valley, CA we find a picturesque little oasis just east of Palm Springs, named Palm Desert. This swanky modern city, once favored by many a Rat Pack and US President of days gone by, is home to the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, “Glitzy” El Paseo.


The Coachella Valley comprises of nine cities extending from Palm Springs to Coachella. Coachella is of course notoriously hip and happening for music and concert goers alike, with the famed annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival). In keeping with the arts, Palm Springs offers up the world famous Intl Film Festival now in it’s 27th year, so it seems only fitting that Palm Desert’s premier shopping destination would host a Fashion Week.

El Paseo Fashion Week April 2 - 9Who can you expect to see?

Internationally-renowned designers Monique Lhuillier, Michael Costello, Marc Bouwer, Fashion Legend Dame Zandra Rhodes, and Ryan Ryan are a few of the distinguished designers featured. There will also be a who’s-who of Project Runway stars, including Anthony Ryan Auld, Peach Carr, Jesus & Antonio Estrada, Michael Knight, Justin Leblanc, Valerie Mayem, Kimi Zamora, Casanova and Christopher Straub.

Saxony Group Fashion Week El Paseo will present world renowned designer Monique Lhuillier’s Pre-Fall / Fall 2016 collection, in collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue. When speaking of the event, Lhuillier said “My Pre-Fall/Fall 2016 collection is an artistic expression of an eccentric woman that is cool, relaxed and rock ‘n’ roll – mixing unexpected combinations and experiments with rich textures for over-the-top elegance.”. “I am very excited to be partnering with Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Desert and it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase my Fall 2016 collection to the fashion-forward crowd at Fashion Week El Paseo.”

Susan Stein, fashion editor of Palm Springs Life and creative producer of Fashion Week El Paseo, said: “The showcase of Monique Lhuillier’s collection at Fashion Week El Paseo demonstrates the unbelievable quality of designers at our event and its growing popularity as a must-attend annual fashion gathering,” said  “With the participation of Monqiue and others, there’s no doubt that Fashion Week El Paseo is the signature fashion experience on the West Coast.”

Zandra Rhodes | Living Legend of Fashion

Zandra Rhodes is a celebrated British fashion icon, who has designed clothes for Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy Onassis; Elizabeth Taylor, Freddie Mercury, Paris Hilton, Isabella Blow, Helen Mirren, Debbie Harry, Bianca Jagger, Kylie Minogue, and Sarah Jessica Parker to name a few.

Zandra Rhodes British fashion iconShe is an artist whose medium is printed textiles. Working in a calligraphic style uniquely her own, she designs airy prints from which she produces floating, romantic garments whose cut evolves from the logic and placement of the print itself. Rhodes has no imitators and her work is instantly recognizable.

In a field where novelty is prized, Rhodes’ work over the years is remarkable for its consistency. Because the shapes of her garments are fanciful and fantastical, using volume to display the textile to its best advantage, her clothes do not date. Her references are timeless: T-shaped gowns of printed chiffon belted in satin; the full-pleated skirts and long gathered sleeves of Ukrainian festival dress; off-the-shoulder tabards finished with a fringe of dagging; children’s smocking reinterpreted in silk jersey. —created, as one writer observed, for “contemporary Titanias.”. (Encyclopedia of Fashion)

London Fashion Week Zandra Rhodes SS16 BFC

Backstage at London Fashion Week Zandra Rhodes SS16 BFC

Tuesday, April 5

Michael Costello and the Stars of Project Runway
10:30 a.m. Meet and greet with Michael Costello and your favorite Project Runway Designers

Michael Costello and the Stars of Project Runway
7:00 p.m. Cocktail reception
8:30 p.m. Fashion Show

Michael Costello and more than 10 other Project Runway stars will showcase their Spring/Summer 2016 collections highlighting their versatility of talents. Each of the designers will present a collection created specifically for Fashion Week El Paseo in a show that will illustrate their growth as designers since their appearances on Project Runway.

Wednesday, April 6

Stars of Project Runway
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Trunk Show: Project Runway Designers

Work face to face with the Project Runway designers as they present collections for you to purchase during this extraordinary trunk show.

Behind the Seams with Sazan Hendrix
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
One on One with Sazan Hendrix – VIP Experience
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A Night of Diamonds and Grayse
Benefiting Desert Cancer Foundation
7:00 p.m. Cocktail reception
8:30 p.m. Fashion Show

Thursday, April 7

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising 2016 Couture Debut Show
7:00 p.m. Cocktail reception
8:30 p.m. Fashion Show

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising presents their hand-picked Debut graduating class of 2016.

Friday, April 8

International Designer Zandra Rhodes
7:00 p.m. Cocktail reception
8:30 p.m. Fashion Show

Dressing international celebrities and royalty for over 5 decades, international fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes brings her fashions to El Paseo.

Saturday, April 9

Fashion Week Finale Presents: Marc Bouwer
7:00 p.m. Cocktail reception | 8:30 p.m. Fashion Show


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