‘Doggy Bash’ El Paseo Fashion Show treat

Story and Photos by Pat Krause

The 2012 Fashion Week runs from March 16th thru March 25th. This is the most anticipated week of the year for those interested in Fashion,style, exotic wines and foods. There is something new every day in the big white tent on Larkspur Ave and El Paseo.

The first Friday and Saturday catered to the family pet with a Doggy Bash of Couture Fashions. Models strolled the Runway in designer fashions with elegantly styled dogs of all breeds, sizes and colors. Vendors in the other big white tent showed different items for the family pet.

The first Saturday evening started with a Martini cocktail reception. Handsome bachelors wore local stores fashions on the runway. The men were then auctioned off to the highest bidder. All proceeds went to Shelter from the Storm charity.

Saks Fifth Avenue and Stores on El Paseo featured clothing from their stores. Designers LLoyd Kelin, The Stars of Project Runway, Graduating Students in fashion and Anthony Franco will be featured during the week. The Designer of the week is Mark Zunino from Los Angeles on March 24th. Food and Wine Festivals will be held later in the week.There are several after Parties at local establishments.

In-Store sales and events will be held all week at stores all along El Paseo. Over 65 stores will be participating with sales, music, refreshments,prizes and deep discounts on some items.Champagne, special drawings, make overs and trunk shows are the norm for a lot of the stores. Its a really good time to go shopping.

Some of the charities that will benefit from this week will be The Girl Friend Factor, Junior League Palm Springs Desert Communities, Desert Outreach Foundation, Humane Society of the Desert and many more local charities.

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