Aptly nicknamed the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert,” El Paseo is a wide avenue, about a mile of which is lined with more than 300 shops, restaurants, jewelers and fine art galleries. If you can afford the top designers, they’re here. Escada, Bottega Veneta, St. John, Gucci and Fe Zandi Haute Couture (she was the designer to the queen of Iran) are peppered among slightly less-expensive style leaders like Cache. But you’ll also find one-of-a-kind insider spots like DOT, specializing in edgy women’s wear and accessories by American and Canadian designers, at nearly normal prices. For something truly original, the Riga boutique sells hand-painted “wearable art” in the form of slinky French silk chiffon dresses, shawls and scarves hand-painted by boutique owner and artist Riga Sekander. She features styles for the whole family: women’s apparel, kids' clothing and toys and a small men's wear line. Palm Desert’s shops don’t neglect the men. Don Vincent’s Men’s Wear is one of the desert’s leading men’ clothiers. Everyone knows the Cactus Flower Shoe Salon is the place for stylish sandals.