Supermodel Joanna Krupa always stuns the crowd  in whatever she wears. Last night, at the El Paseo Fashion Week & Food and Wine preview, she looked radiant in a gorgeous Michael Costello red evening gown.  As one of the main featured designers, Michael Costello recently dressed Beyonce for the Grammys and Britney Spears.  Other notable guests include stylist Jay Alexander, E! Fashion Correspondent Marcellas Reynolds, JM Couture Fashion Designer Jim Mullin and Palm Springs Life Fashion Director Susan Stein. The event was held at Palihouse in West Hollywood.


Sponsors for the evening include JM Couture, Double Cross Vodka, Alderete Tequila and Palm Springs Life Magazine.


Destination Luxury Editor in Chief David Christopher Lee, Joanna Krupa & Michael Costello

The ninth annual Fashion Week el Paseo™ unfolds March 16-22, 2014 under the Toscana Country Club Runway Tent on Larkspur Lane between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, California — the heart of Palm Desert’s most celebrated shopping district: El Paseo. Fashion Week El Paseo™ showcases the newest collections by top designers as well as fresh ideas by emerging designers. Produced by Palm Springs Life, it has become one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular events.


Malaysian fashion designer Zang Toi will also be doing his first ever West Coast fashion show.  Recently, his Shanghai 1930 NY Fashion Week Show was a hit amongst the harshest fashion critics.

For tickets to the event visit  El Paseo Fashion Week & Food and Wine.



SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

Style & Beauty Bash
9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
9 a.m. Complimentary yoga class by lululemon
11:30 p.m. Fashion Show

Benefitting local charities.

Enjoy a day of pampering and primping in the Toscana Country Club Runway Tent, where professionals from local salons, spas, and cosmetics companies will offer their services from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In exchange for a $30 donation (to benefit local charities), receive a haircut or style, makeup application, brow shaping, spray tan, or shave, among other services. If pampering is what you crave, opt for a massage instead, and also be sure to take part in a complimentary 9 a.m. yoga class in the Rancho Las Palmas Garden, courtesy of Lululemon. Refresh afterward with a healthy juice from Juice Bar, sure to give your skin a special glow. Also taking place throughout the day will be the Extreme Hair & Makeup Showcase, in which beauty professionals showcase their most creative looks.

Services Include: Hair, makeup, brow shaping, polish change, spray tanning, massages & more!

Cost: General admission is free. All beauty services are $30.

Fashion Frenzy
9:30 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.

Adding to the fun is Fashion Week El Paseo’s first Fashion Frenzy. From 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to shop for clothing and accessories from 15 fine designers and retailers in unique pop-up shops in a space adjacent the Runway Tent, while these same designers entertain with arunway show featuring their own wares.


Le Chien – A Celebration of Dogs & Fashion

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Silent Auction & Cocktail Reception
6:30p.m. Fashion Show

Benefitting the Humane Society of the Desert

Cocktails, a silent auction, music, and entertainment precede a canine fashion show featuring donors and their four-legged friends in fashions inspired by “Famous Dogs of Hollywood.” Collections by renowned doggie designers liven up the runway and put our famous canines in the spotlight. A live auction completes this exciting evening. The show benefits the Humane Society of the Desert.

Hors d’oeuvres provided courtesy of Mitch’s on El Paseo Restaurant


MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Presented by Victoria and John Hill
7 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8 p.m. Fashion Show

Benefitting Junior League Palm Springs Desert Communities and The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Celebrate the work of nine FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising graduates as they present their couture collections.



El Paseo Runway Night presents Street Seen on El Paseo
6:30 p.m. Little Black Dress Cocktail Reception
8 p.m. Fashion Show

Benefitting The GirlFriend Factor

The Girl Friend Factor, a local nonprofit organization that provides education grants to women, presents the LBD cocktail reception, where you and your little black dress are the star of the evening, followed by “Street Seen on El Paseo,” a runway spectacular with city style, featuring 10 fine retailers showcasing looks for spring 2014.

Hors d’oeuvres provided courtesy of Ruth’s Chris Steak House Restaurant



Meet & Greet with Michael Costello and Project Runway Designers
10 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.

You Are Invited To a “Meet and Greet” With Michael Costello and Project Runway Designers, Helen Castillo, Uli Herzner, Viktor Luna, Irina Shabayeva and Ariyaphon Southiphong. This is a one-time opportunity to see Five Project Runway Designers together under one roof for an informal Q&A, plus special guest Rob Bagshaw, producer of Project Runway All Stars will reveal unknown secrets about the popular Lifetime fashion designer series. The “Meet and Greet” is open to the public, no charge to attend.


The Superstars of Project Runway
7 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8 p.m. Fashion Show

Michael Costello reveals his men’s and women’s collections for spring 2014, and shares the runway with five popular Project Runway designers who’ll also show their latest collections. Michael Costello, Helen Castillo, Uli Herzner, Viktor Luna, Irina Shabayeva and Ariyaphon Southiphong.

Hors d’oeuvres provided courtesy of TRIO Restaurant



Trunk Show
Michael Costello & Project Runway Designers
10 a.m — 2 p.m.

This exciting trunk show offers an opportunity for personal fittings and purchases with Michael Costello and other Project Runway designers.


JM Couture Presents “Life is a Runway”
7 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8 p.m. Fashion Show

Our newest El Paseo designer, Jim Mullin, pumps up the runway at Fashion Week El Paseo™ with a showcase of his debut collection. Mullin uses every inch of the 100-foot platform to present a collection complete with glamour, bling, and excitement. A multi-talented designer, Mullin integrates music, fashion, and theater to dazzle Fashion Week.


FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

The Best of Saks Fifth Avenue
7 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8 p.m. Fashion Show

Benefitting Women’s Leader Forum

The Best of Saks Fifth Avenue men’s and women’s wear for spring 2014 includes looks by Stella McCartney, Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Pucci, Ralph Lauren for women, and Etro and Dolce& Gabbana for men.

Hors d’oeuvres provided courtesy of Purple Room

After Party
9 p.m.

Join Saks Fifth Avenue and Palm Desert Art Museum in Palm Desert as they host a party with a light late-night nosh and a DJ at the museum. Attendance is complimentary with a fashion show ticket.



Designer of the Week – Zang Toi
Presented by Trilogy at the Polo Club
7 p.m. “White NIght” Cocktail Reception
8 p.m. Fashion Show

Benefitting Fashion Group International Palm Springs and The Desert Outreach Foundation

This is the night to wear elegant white to celebrate the grand finale event of the week. Designer of the Week, Zang Toi, of New York City, brings his timeless and uncompromising collection of exquisite fabrics and delicate silhouettes to the runway. An established name in the haute couture world, Toi’s designs pamper women with elegance and glamour.

Hors d’oeuvres provided courtesy of Figue Mediterranean Restaurant.




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