Superstar Trunk Show

Michael Costello and five fellow Project Runway stars gave guests an up-close look at their Spring 2014 collections during a special trunk show and try-on at Fashion Week El Paseo



Stars of Project Runway trunk show.

Photo by Gregg Felsen

Project Runway fans and were given a rare treat as the public was invited to get up close and personal with the superstar designers at a special trunk show held on Thursday, March 20.

The show’s producer, Rob Bagshaw, was on hand to share behind-the-scene secrets while designers Michael Costello, Viktor Luna, Ariyanphon Southiphong (also known as Andy South), Irina Shebayeva, Uli Herzner, Helen Castillo, and Stephanie Costello greeted guests and answered questions about their aesthetics, direction, and, of course, helped with “out of the trunk” personal fittings.

Showcasing collections straight from the Project Runway catwalk, fashion- lovers were given the chance to handle and feel the sumptuous fabrics and materials from Wednesday’s wildly successful evening event. Beads, lace, fur, leather, silk, and feathers came to life once more, and their visual impact was stunning to the naked eye.

The style-savvy browsed in casual boutique-style under the Toscana Country Club Runway Tent replete with a private changing area for those wishing to try a fitting with a particular garment. Customers inquired about specific custom pieces for purchase while many stopped for photos with the busy designers.

Herzner spoke about her art deco-influenced handbags with crystal embellishments, explaining they were among her favorites, as well as her use of metallic to play up the softer tones represented in her line. Luna also stole the spotlight to share his love of his military-style leather jackets.

The inviting and informal setting was unique in that the designers, themselves, could engage with interested shoppers in their own mini salons. The scene was easily navigable, with segmented vignettes representing designer’s individual concepts. This personal attention gave attendees a close look at the intricate detailing and high caliber of craftsmanship required to create such amazing works of art.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Dining in a Winter Wonderland

Palm Springs' Lori Tiedeman, an interior designer for more than 30 years, tells us how to bring the holiday magic to our own homes.

Santa Baby

Here are Him and Her holiday gift suggestions to reward your significant other for being so nice (or naughty) with a sweet something under the tree.

Share the Cheer

Start your holiday retail therapy on Black Friday in the Coachella Valley with extended store hours, knockout discounts, and stellar sales. Here’s where to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list — and help others at the same time.

Carry the Cause

A unisex boutique in Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District lends help to local teenagers in distress.

Blue Tie

A colorful take on cocktail attire breathes new life into classic evening wear.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Fashionista Friends

Fashionista Friends

Experience the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week El Paseo 2015.
2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Edit ModuleShow Tags