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Lights, Camera, Fashion!

From understated elegance to sheer extravagance, take a look back at March’s Fashion Week El Paseo.

Emily Chavous Fashion Week El Paseo, Valley

Eight nights of runway. Thirty-eight designers. Six-hundred-fifty pairs of shoes. The 12th incarnation of Fashion Week El Paseo unfolded the latest trends across seasons, including menswear and more than a few diaphanous ensembles that left very little to the imagination. Since its inception in 2006, Fashion Week has become the largest event of its kind on the West Coast. Attendance

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Love at First Glimmer

CD Greene closes Fashion Week El Paseo with a crescendo of bling.

Emily Chavous Fashion Week El Paseo

Backstage, behind the strobe lights and floor-to-ceiling curtains, where models changed in a frenzy and audience howls dulled to a rumble, couturier CD Greene witnessed each of his looks stepping on to the runway to instant scintillation. “This is the first time I’ve ever gotten to see the show through the monitor,” Greene said, soft-spoken with a beaming smile just

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Trends Get Real

Saks Fifth Avenue and Italian designer Etro prove Fashion Week presents must-haves not fads.

Lisa Marie Hart Fashion Week El Paseo

“Dearly beloved,” rang the commanding voice of Prince on Friday night, instantly met with a chorus of high-pitched shrieks and cheers. Hot pink lights shimmied across the ceiling of a white tent packed like body-skimming dress. “We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” On the second to last evening of Fashion Week’s remarkable 2017 line-up,

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Channeling One’s Inner Goddess

Rosetta Getty’s fashions on display at Fashion Week El Paseo make the world a little bit easier, and wearable.

Emily Black Fashion Week El Paseo

My Thursday night at El Paseo Fashion Week did not have an auspicious beginning. I pulled into a parking space, only to have my headlights illuminate a couple who looked suspiciously like my parents (who are almost 80) making out so vigorously I had to avert my eyes before any shirts or skirts were lifted. In the VIP cocktail lounge,

Duston Jasso

Menswear, Gold, and Everything Else

Seven FIDM graduates impress with multifaceted Fashion Week El Paseo collections.

Emily Chavous Fashion Week El Paseo

There is a sensory overload that occurs when seven very different designers flood a runway. Collections blur together amid thumping music and shouted commentary among friends as each model struts along the catwalk. By the time the post-show house lights flicker on and the throngs of voguish ticketholders pour from the tent, heads are spinning. Perhaps it’s the Champagne. Perhaps

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Seeing Stars


Fellow Project Runway stars join Michael Costello to show a heavenly array of evening wear and not-sure-where-to-wear.

Lisa Marie Hart Fashion Week El Paseo

M-Coz gets around. The man who knows how to bare where it counts (and cover at least a little something, something) has quickly won the trust of fickle, red carpet fashion personalities since appearing on Project Runway in 2010 and Project Runway: All Stars in 2012. He has sent his trendy, sex kitten looks down the Fashion Week El Paseo

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Globe Trotters

El Paseo stores present glamorous, on-the-go apparel … and diamonds.

Emily Chavous Fashion Week El Paseo

A sea of black dresses dotted with white fedoras, Mr. Turk blazers, and glints of sequined fabrics spilled into chairs lining the Fashion Week El Paseo catwalk Monday night. Guests mingled as they found their seats, a steady hum of squeals and chatter suggesting all were eager for the main event: “From El Paseo to Everywhere.” Democracy clothing was one

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Feathers on Fur


Formal looks by Orostani Couture translate beautifully on good-natured canines.

Lisa Marie Hart Fashion Week El Paseo

There are people who will put a dress on their dog and people who won’t. Then, there are people who make a night out of watching dogs in dresses prance down a runway. No faction was disappointed last night at the Le Chien Masquerade Party, the second evening of Fashion Week El Paseo 2017. An annual favorite, this all-ages event

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Rhapsody in Neutrals, Fabric, and Skin

The beautifully wearable fashions by Adam Lippes were the artistic highlight of Fashion Week El Paseo's opening night.

Emily Black Fashion Week El Paseo

This story may be missing a lede because instead of attending the opening night party of the 2017’s Fashion Week El Paseo, my husband insisted we stop en route at Catalan in Rancho Mirage for red wine, smoked octopus, and wedge salads. I was a little grumpy about missing the bedecked throngs milling about, cocktails in hand, in all their

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Staying Real

Project Runway alumnus agree the show gave them a platform, but it was up to them to do something with it.

JIM POWERS Fashion Week El Paseo

While there are certain ‘realities’ to being part of a reality TV show, Project Runway alumnus agree the show gave them a platform they might not have ever been able to reach. Five of the six designers whose collections graced the runway at Fashion Week El Paseo March 21 faced the spotlight glare of Project Runway. “Ever since the show,