The fashion show at the tent behind the newly opened El Paseo Village was packed with extremely enthusiastic fashionistas. Tim Gunn, the co-host of the hit reality show “Project Runway” and Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne, was the master of ceremonies and was warmly received. He is the epitome of class, style and gentility, and so nice on top of everything. The crowd also showed their ardent support for Palm Springs designer Michael Costello, featured on “Project Runway”,who also appeared on stage for a while.

The beautiful models showcased the fashions of the newly opened stores in El Paseo Village, including Juicy Couture, Bebe, Kate Spade and Lucky Brand Jeans.

I couldn’t really detect any real NEW fashion news, but it was all pretty good.  I can’t say I’m a big fan of “hot pants” which seem to be “in” these days, nor wide horizontal stripes.  But some of the perennial favorites of mine that were showcased included a lacy dress from Lucky Brand Jeans, which Tim Gunn said was “diaphanous” ( I had to look up that spelling!), form-fitting satin dresses, a silver short cocktail dress from Kate Spade that would be PERFECT for a New Year’s Eve party, and some fun jewelry.

Tim Gunn, co-host of "Project Runway"