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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—‘Project Runway’ Stars Shine At Annual Fashion Week

Madeline Redstone
Madeline Redstone

Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 2:20 PM

Palm Desert’s street of glamour, El Paseo, is twice as long as Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive’s row of upscale world-renown shops. And the rotating row of sculptures placed down the street’s manicured median give one a feeling of shopping in Monte Carlo. So it was only fitting that The Gardens of El Paseo was the center of focus for the 12th annual Fashion Week.

• Project Runway (season 4)  and Project Runway All Stars designer Chris March showcased an elegant, theatrical look with one model from March’s collection, in homage to artist Frida Kahlo, who wore a back brace like Kahlo after a near-fatal bus accident.

• AnotherProject Runway (season 10) and Project Runway All Star contestant Christopher Palu emphasized black and white beading with leather, harnesses and buckles.

Project Runway (season 7) participant Jesus Estrada was joined by his twin brother, Antonio, in presenting dresses that sought fusion with very dramatic and elegant designs.

• Char Glover, Project Runway (season 13), sought freedom in her designs that allow wearers to be free in expressing “who they are.”

• Keeping it in the family, Stephanie Costello, cousin of Michael Costello, presented at fashion from a male perspective, predominately in black and white, with one shinning, all-red suit being an exception.

Designer Michael Costello, who grew up in Palm Springs, who garnered the most attention in the show. Along with presenting “Michael Costello and the Stars of Project Runway,” Costello was presented with a star on Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

Another notable event of this year’s Fashion Week was a trunk show featuring CD Greene and presented by local philanthropist, Madeline Redstone. It was the first time that Greene has visited the Desert and he was on site to answer questions and take orders.

Highlighting “man’s best friend,” (or in honor of Fashion Week, women’s best friend), Coastal Collection presented Le Chien Masquerade Party featuring canine fashions by and benefiting the Humane Society of the Desert.

While cocktail receptions and designer outfits dotted the various activities of Fashion Week, for the last three days of Fashion Week the activities of the Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival were in full swing, with tasting and cooking demonstrations from Food Network supper chef, Aarti Sequeira, and almost a dozen local chefs who sliced and diced their way to various tasting and creations, including a four-course lunch.

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It may just be spring, but the Renova Rink @ The River has just announced that it will bring back outdoor ice skating at the Renova Rink this year.

Last fall was the inaugural season for the ice skating rink, which saw about 10,000 people, of all ages, come to The River in Rancho Mirage and defy gravity by balancing on two thin steel blades.

While no date for opening the rink has been given, skaters are sharpening their skates in anticipation of an early November start to ice skating season.