Project Runway stars at Fashion Week El Paseo

Those in attendance at Fashion Week El Paseo on March 21st were seeing stars, Project Runway stars that is! The show featured a fashion favorite Michael Costello and several other of his “Project Runway” friends which included Jesus and Antonio Estrada, Char Glover, Chris March, Christopher Palu, and Michael Costello's cousin Stephanie "Stello".

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Chris March

Designer Chris March, a contestant on Season 4 of "Project Runway" and "Project Runway All Stars” is known for his classic and elegant theatrical costumes, that are always making a statement. He is the master at couture fashion and constructs unique pieces that tell a story and are sure to make the one wearing the creation be the talk of the event.

The collection Chris March put out on the El Paseo Fashion Week Runway on March 21st seemed to be an ode to, the ever so famous artist, Frida Kahlo! Though most of the collection was black and beige, there was still a Frida fashion feel with the embroidered dresses, long skirts and corset-style accessories on tops and blouses, all of which reflect Frida's fashion choices that were meant to hid her surgical scars and pain!

Kahlo's often chose brightly colored, Mexican folk-influences garments that made a bold statement, and Chris March's finale look was just that. It featured a beautiful brightly bold screen print painting on a flowing silk fabric gown with a stunning romantic red ruffled shoulder cowl.

The standout and statement look that caught everyone's attention was the long lace strapless dress shown with a matching back brace, much like what Frida wore after her severe tram accident. Chris’s whole collection represented bravery, overcoming tragedy and rising above the pain no matter the situation on is faced with, all while looking fashionably good!

Char Glover

Designer Char Glover appeared on Season 13 of Project Runway and is known for her high-fashion functional street style. The "be free and who you are" looks that made their way done the El Paseo Fashion Week Runway included bold bright colored cut-out jumpsuits, flowy black and white pattern high-waited, wide leg pants paired with a crop top, and a sheer sexy one-shoulder unique black gown.

The collection was fun, flirty, sassy, and effortless! Her whole collection was walk off the runway into your closet looks!


Designer Stephanie Costello, Michael Costello's cousin, cranked up the heat by about a thousand notches, leaving those watching fanning themselves off as she revealed her bold, sexy, and powerful new collection of men's looks!

The designs that dominated the runway included shiny leather jacket vests, a red shimmering fitted dress suits, basic black, yet sexy over-coats, and an audience favorite, a black/silver diamond pattern trench coat lined with red satin revealing the six pack of this gorgeous model.

Fashion review by Tiffany Konecko of A MOM IN HAUTE PURSUIT. To learn more about Fashion Week El Paseo go to and @fashionweekelpaseo.