"Project Runway" stars present new work tonight on El Paseo

POSTED: 09:30 AM PDT Mar 20, 2013 
PALM DESERT, Calif. -

A fashion show by "Project Runway" contestants will highlight today's events at Fashion Week El Paseo.

The nine-day run of fashion shows and social events in Palm Desert started Friday.

"Project Runway" All-Star runner-up Michael Costello and 11 other contestants from the show will present "The Drama and Designs of Project Runway" at 8 p.m. Costello, who owns boutiques in Palm Springs, will debut his spring 2013 collection.

Organizers expect 14,000 people to attend Fashion Week, which is billed as the largest consumer fashion event on the West Coast. Nine runway shows and four trunk shows by more than 50 designers are planned.

This year's headlining designers include Katherine Polk, Sue Wong, Victor Tung and "Designer of the Week" Gilbert Chagoury.

Fashion Week El Paseo will benefit more than 30 local and regional charities.

For information and tickets, go to www.fashionweekelpaseo.com.