Paris too far? New York too crowded? No problem—lovers of the latest in designer looks can get their fashion fix at Fashion Week El Paseo, centred around the luxurious El Paseo Shopping District in Palm Desert. Designers—from the best in couture to fledglings introducing edgy new looks—take part, giving you a head-spinning opportunity to see what is the next big trend in men’s and women’s fashion. Resort wear is also featured—appropriate for this desert locale. This time of year, by the way, tends to be nicely warm but not too hot.
Check the schedule to find the right fit for you: events include a variety of trunk shows, cocktail receptions and chances to hob-nob with designers and fashion-world personalities (recent years have featured stars from Project Runway). Each year, the opening show, 'California Unzipped', perfectly encapsulates what the event is all about: it showcases the collections of three diverse California designers with distinct styles that represent the breadth of the state’s fashion scene. Some events benefit local schools or organisations, and ticketed fashion shows and their after-parties, scattered around the Palm Springs area, offer another good excuse to explore the local resorts and iconic landmarks, like the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage or the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Most events are free for the general public (see the schedule for details); individual admission to ticketed events ranges from $80 to $95 (reserved seating). University students can get tickets for $35. Fashion Vacation packages, which include admission to selected events along with accommodation at nearby luxury hotels, are also available.
Insider tip: if you can’t get into the top shows, just hang around by the entrance before and after; you’re bound to see some amazing outfits on fashion-industry attendees.