Fashion Week El Paseo Announces Schedule FOR 2016

Fashion Week El Paseo announce plans for the 11th annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ 2016, taking place April 2-9, 2016 at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, CA. This premier fashion event — the largest of its kind on the West Coast – features a star-studded line- up of top designers from across the country.

The popular fashion event will showcase the runway show debut of the Haute Couture Spring 2016 collections by internationally famous designer Monique Lhuiller , world legend and icon Zandra Rhodes, Project Runway sensation and celebrity designer Michael Costello, fashion’s answer to elegant yet avant-garde evening wear, Marc Bouwer , Marie and Kelly Gray and jewelry designer Ryan Ryan. In keeping with Fashion Week El Paseo’s tradition of providing attendees with open access to the designers and fashions featured at the event, attendees will also be invited to go beyond the front row to revel in exclusive, straight-from-the- runway trunk show shopping events hosted by the designers.

“I am thrilled to be featured at Fashion Week El Paseo, one of the best-known fashion events on the West Coast,” said Bouwer, whose signature plunging necklines, sexy slits, and sportif-spin on timeless Hollywood glamour have become go-to favorites for A-list celebrities including Beyonce, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Jennifer Lopez, and Heidi Klum. “Most of all, I can’t wait to host my trunk show and have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Fashion Week attendees about what fashions they love and what they’re looking for next for their wardrobe.”

Fashion Week El Paseo festivities will include the return of several famed annual events, including:
• The Le Chien canine couture runway show, accompanied by an elite cocktail hour and silent auction soiree to benefit the Humane Society of the Desert.
• The FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising runway show, debuting a new guard of emerging fashion designers, benefits the Junior League and Women Leaders Forum.
• The El Paseo Rocks event, presented by the GirlFriend Factor, the nonprofit organization devoted to providing education grants to women in need, with a spotlight on Palm Desert’s one-of-a-kind local luxury pieces. Ten of El Paseo’s most coveted shopping destinations – BBOne, Bikram Yoga, Blonde, Democracy, Diane’s Beachwear, Eileen Fisher, El Paseo Jeweler, Nina Macklemore, Out of Your Closet, and Tommy Bahama – will unveil Spring 2016 desert trends and debut an exclusive preview of Fall 2016’s up-and-coming styles.

In addition to Michael Costello, Fashion Week El Paseo will feature a who’s-who of Project Runway stars, including Anthony Ryan Auld, Peach Carr, Jesus Estrada & Antonio Estrad, Michael Knight, Justin Leblanc, Valerie Mayem, Kimi Zamora, Casanova and Christopher Straub.

Fashion Week El Paseo is a significant experience that includes the fashion world’s most promising rising stars as well as successful and well-known designers from across the world” said Susan Stein, fashion editor of Palm Springs Life, producer of Fashion Week El Paseo. “Attendees of all ages return each year because of the unique experience they receive while connecting directly with a compelling group of designers from contemporary to couture. Cutting-edge designers constantly strive to feature their collections at our events because it provides them with an opportunity to interact with attendees particularly at their trunk shows.”

Fashion Week El Paseo draws an annual attendance of more than 13,000 people from around the world. Since its inception, the event has supported over 100 local charities including Fashion Group International Inc., The GirlFriend Factor, Variety, The Children’s Charity, Junior League of Palm Springs Desert Communities, Desert Outreach and the Humane Society of the Desert.

A Palm Springs Life event, Fashion Week El Paseo 2016 is presented by the Saxony Group with sponsorship support from the City of Palm Desert, El Paseo, The Resort at Pelican Hill, The Island Hotel, Desert European Motorcars Indigo Auto Group, Jóse Eber, Donna MacMillan, John and Victoria Hill, The Gardens on El Paseo, El Paseo Village, Grayse, The Jewelry Bar, El Paseo Jewelers, Tequila Alderete, Wink Lash & Beauty Bar, Just Blow Drys, Rum Chata, Buzzbox, Raymond James, Phenix Salon Suites, Jensen’s, VOSS, Whole Foods Market, and My Little Flower Shop.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.fashionweekelpaseo.com.

About Palm Springs Life

Palm Springs Life has represented the greater Palm Springs area for more than 58 years. Their award-winning monthly publication, recognized as California’s Prestige Magazine, is a perfect reflection of the special lifestyle of the desert resort communities. The monthly Palm Springs Life editorial includes lifestyle features, luxury homes, fine dining, fashion, travel, the arts, profiles of celebrity and business leaders, the local social scene, and upcoming events including major golf and tennis tournaments.