michael costello

Rising Star

Palm Springs native Michael Costello came home to take his place on the Walk of Stars on the street where it all began for the fashion designer of the stars.

Erin Peters Fashion Week El Paseo

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Michael Costello poses for photos for family and friends after being honored with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars March 20.

Maybe now Michael Costello can get preferential seating at Lulu California Bistro in downtown Palm Springs.

The Palm Springs native joked about how he can best leverage his newly crowned status as a living member of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars after being honored March 20 on Palm Canyon Drive just a few doors down from the downtown Starbucks.

Costello, who has made his mark as a fashion designer of the stars like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Lopez, and now has two storefronts in the Hollywood area, was honored with Star No. 414 as “Film and Television Fashion Designer.”

Michael Costello becomes emotional when talking about his parents’ support of his career aspirations.

A procession of speakers spoke of Costello’s Palm Springs roots when as a 15-year-old, he opened his own fashion design store just a block from Monday’s star dedication ceremony. The speakers included Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon, former Palm Springs Mayor Ron Oden, Donna MacMillan, Palm Springs Life Fashion Editor Susan Stein, Rene Dell’Acqua, sponsor Kerturah Chisolm, and Charissa Farley of Farley Pavers.

Michael Costello receives a proclamation from Palm Springs Mayor Rob Moon.

Costello dedicated his star first to his father, who rented the store space that put the young designer on his path to stardom. Tears welled in his eyes as he later dedicated his star to his parents, who have supported his endeavors the whole way.

He also thanked Stein, who has curated and produced Fashion Week El Paseo since its inception 12 years ago. Costello has become a mainstay of Fashion Week, which hits the runway tonight (March 21) as part of the Project Runway show, which has become one of the most popular nights of the eight consecutive in Palm Desert.

“Susan Stein, our history and just our relationship, it’s so wonderful,” Costello said. “I’m so thankful to know you. I’m thankful for really introducing me and putting me on the map here in Palm Springs for fashion. You really did it.”

VIDEO: Watch highlights of Michael Costello’s Walk of Stars ceremony.