Ken Downing’s Spring 2015 Runway Report at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue

April 13, 2015 • Chicago, Fashion Blog

Spring 2015 Trends Ken Downing Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing was in Chicago last Thursday. Fashion-savvy women at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as Downing presented the stunning and exciting Runway Report Spring 2015. His humorous quips were as entertaining as the gorgeous fashions he presented, consisting of pieces from luxury designer collections. His fashion and styling tips got us thinking outside the box.

Here are some of Ken’s memorable spring 2015 fashion tips:

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“The 70s look is big for Spring 2015. Wear textures of white on white and don’t be afraid to wear fur in spring!”

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“She is wearing platforms but the soles of her are flat. They are ‘flatforms’ See? You just learned a new word!”

Spring 2015 Trends Ken Downing Neiman Marcus Tom Ford Pants

“We didn’t forget to hem her pants. Tom Ford showed the pants this way on the runways. And in the 70s you just were not cool unless your pants were dragging.”

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“Get used to the look of flare pants under a tunic.”

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“Don’t be afraid to mix prints!”

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“Forget the rules and wear patterns on patterns. Mix patterns with a similar color and they will work together.”

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“It wouldn’t be the 70s without disco-inspired looks.”

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“Forget what your mother told you about colors. See her handbag is red…Yes, you can mix pink with red.”

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“And it wouldn’t be the 70s without including a jumpsuit!”

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After the runway show Ken Downing met, hugged and mugged with guests. If women were not already his fans many joined the club that day!

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I was thrilled to meet Ken Downing. I asked him, “What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?” He thought for a quick moment and said, “To not get my ears pierced! I was about 17 or 18 and wanted to get them pierced but someone told me not to do it and said I would regret it. It was great advice!”

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– Carol Calcci

Photos: John Reilly Photography

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