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El Paseo Retailers Look Hot on the Fashion Week Runway
Runway Bar El Paseo Fashion Show Monday, March 22 2010.
BY ERIN WEINGER
It takes a lot of chutzpah to pull off a runway show featuring 16 retail stores ranging from children's wear to jewelry and everything in between. But that's exactly what Palm Springs Life Fashion Director Susan Stein did last night at Runway Bar El Paseo, the official kickoff to Fashion Week El Paseo.
The evening featured looks from a smattering of independent retailers including InSanity from Denise Roberg, Trio, Cactus Flower Shoes, and Troy, as well as national specialty retailers Chico's, Vilebrequin, and White House/Black Market. Each merchant showed wares from their spring 2010 shelves and the results stayed true to the overall scope of this season's trends. Though instead of showing outfits that could have come from Vogue, these babies each had a personality that was distinctively Palm Springs.
The earthy, ethnic trend seen so heavily on the New York catwalks last September hit the desert in full force, as evidenced by a sheer, watercolor caftan by Chico's, an Ikat-printed cover-up that could easily double as a blouse from 4 Seasons Swimwear and oversized raffia totes at Tommy Bahama's. Jeweler Amber Romeo got in on the au natural action with chunky jade and amber lariats. And a Navajo-style fringed blanket cardigan from Josie's Heart replicated the Native American look currently sweeping through Los Angeles coolest neighborhoods.
The 1960s were a big decade on the runway, as well. At Troy, models doubled for January Jones in Mad Men wearing a white taffeta sheath with organza trim and an oversized sheer bow on the back. Trio took their looks a bit later in the decade with a selection of hippie-esque children's ensembles that made us wonder when the bra burning would begin. No such show, but we did get tie-dye leggings, a tank top emblazoned with the phrase Love this planet and a mini fringed handbag that looked better than those of some adults in the crowd.
Speaking of handbags, they were a highlight of the show from more than one retailer. Standouts included a major raffia carry all from Chico's that looked like it belonged to an off-duty model, a quilted nude satchel from BB one and a brown leather belt bag (known in some circles as a fanny pack) from Josie's Heart. But the piece de resistance was a disco ball mirror, faux-snakeskin satchel from White House/Black Market that channele similar Prada styles from a few seasons back for a measly $48.
As for the fellas, the fashion wasn't earth shattering (save for those wash board abs). But the short cut of Vilebrequin's cheery printed swim trunks evoked a cool, 1950s Mr. Ripley vibe that felt like a very welcome update to a trusty old classic. Just like a constantly evolving desert town we know and love.
Week El Paseo Day 2 Designer Inspiration Like the desert's own
personal Project Runway challenge, night number two of Fashion Week El
Paseo took a decidedly do-it-yourself twist. Only instead of aspiring
fashion designers competing for the affections of supermodel Heidi Klum,
this group was comprised of 23 of the desert's leading interior
designers tempting their fate in front of a panel including ex-catwalkers
Beverly Johnson and Cheryl Tiegs.
Ethnic Flair Marks
Fashion Week El
Paseo FIDM Debut 2010 I already have orders from some of the
models, said budding knitwear designer and recent FIDM grad Julia Nish.
The California native's collection of knits was the standout showing of
Fashion Week El Paseo's FIDM Debut 2010, which featured collections by
nine of the school's third-year design students.
Hip Beachwear Men's
Night Wins the Crowd Oh, this guy is hot, said an attendee of
last night's Jamie Paul Holahan show at Fashion Week El Paseo. She was
of course referring to the models, particularly the dudes, who stole the
show away from the clothes.
Puts El Paseo on the Fashion World's Map Being
at Colleen Quen's runway show Saturday night the marquee event of
Fashion Week El Paseo make one feel like they were some place other
than in the desert. The designer's masterful, exotic eveningwear
transported the audience to a catwalk in New York, or even Paris, where
the materials are lush, the tailoring impeccable, and the designs
eye-popping in an artful, organic way.
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