Paris too far? New York too crowded? No worries—lovers of the latest in designer looks can get their fashion fix at this chic event, centered around the luxurious El Paseo Shopping District in Palm Desert. Designers—from the best in couture to fledglings introducing edgy new looks—take part, giving you a head-spinning opportunity to see what’s the next big trend in men’s and women’s fashion. Resort wear is also featured—appropriate for this desert locale. This time of year, by the way, tends to be nicely warm but not hot.
Check the schedule to find the right fit for you: The slate of events includes a variety of trunk shows, cocktail receptions, and chances to hob-nob with designers and fashion-world personalities (recent years have featured stars from Project Runway). Some events benefit local schools or organizations, and ticketed fashion shows and their after-parties, scattered around the Palm Springs area, offer another good excuse to explore the local resorts and iconic landmarks, like the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage or the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Insider tip: If you can’t get into the top shows, just hang out by the entrance before and after; you’re bound to see amazing outfits on fashion-industry attendees.