Ken Downing Talks Trends at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend



The fall fashion season has arrived, and the cream of the designer crop was on display at the Neiman Marcus Willow Bend 10 Year Anniversary Luncheon last Wednesday, August 17th. The event was hosted by jet-setting Neiman’s Fashion Director Ken Downing, and DFW Style Daily had a front row seat for the stylish show.


Lunch began with Plano Mayor Phil Dyer proclaiming August 17th “Neiman Marcus at The Shops at Willow Bend Day”, in recognition of Neiman’s considerable contributions to community organizations such as the Plano Symphony Orchestra and the Northwood Women’s Club.


Dyer’s appearance was followed by a warm introduction from Jim Gold, President of Specialty Retail for the Neiman Marcus Group. Gold asserted that “only the Alamo is more famous in Texas,” referring to his employer. Afterwards, Ken Downing presented a fall trend fashion show.


Downing described “a return to sophistication…to polite and polished dressing,” as models graced the runway in elegant Lurex-infused tweed dresses by Chanel and color blocked silhouettes by Stella McCartney. The models, exquisitely styled in calfskin gloves and Bonny Dot tights by Wolford, recalled the glamour of the ‘40s, with modern interpretations by Armani and Rachel Zoe.


All told, Downing’s presentation was rich in color and detail. Our photos above capture a taste of the luxe fur and leather accents, statement jewelry, and covetable handbags. It would seem that, at least at Neiman Marcus, fall fashion is sparing no expense.


(photos by Jim Duran, from top: 1. Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Ken Downing; 2. Models on the runway at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend)

Jim Duran

Jim Duran is the ultimate fashion multi-tasker. His experience in the industry spans public relations, styling, writing and design. He has worked with numerous bold-face names, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti, L’Wren Scott, Joe Zee, and famed ‘Sex And The City’ costume designer Patricia Field. From producing runway shows at New York Fashion Week to profiling trendsetters in print publications, Jim is continually seeking out new opportunities in fashion. Since moving to Dallas in September 2010, he has freelanced as a Creative Director, collaborating with the likes of Jan Strimple and The Fashionistas.