Fall Fashion in the Eyes of Ken Downing

Whether you’re a fan of motorcycle chic, sequins, bold bushes of red, or a little feminine softness, there is so much to look forward to in fashion over the next several months. Neiman Marcus’ mastermind Ken Downing shared some of his fashion favorites straight from fashion week, or weeks rather as he saw it all.

Ken stressed the need for all women to embrace their individuality pairing the traditional with the unexpected, and I loved every bit of it, which I’m so excited to share with you all!

Feminine Edge

Ken has called for everyone to dust off the biker jacket pairing it with everything from long gowns to leggings and knee-high boots.  The motorcycle jacket is a timeless piece in my opinion..I’m all about investing in a good jacket you’ll wear for years to come. I love the pairing of an edgy Libertine military jacket with a sequins-laced gown. The structured olive Balmain jacket paired with a gold mini dress adds that extra oomph. I have been obsessed with Balmain’s structured jackets for several years now…if only I can find one on sale! Another common trend in these looks is the fishnets. I must say that I’m personally not a fan, but to each her own.๐Ÿ˜‰

As a Houstonian, I do love shorts in the fall, and Ken has paired the short look with another amazing Libertine jacket and. Leopard booties.  One common thread is the lack of playing by the rules. It’s all about posting different prints and patterns that resonate with you.

Structured Sparkle Silhouette

Bold blacks and structured coats are the usual suspects this time of year. The red Balenciaga tailored coat is just stunning, and red is a huge force this season. Like Ken, I’m all about throwing a coat on over my outfit to give a little structure or anchor what I’m wearing. The YSL sparkle tuxedo jacket is just amazing. Lurex fits in light with the sparkle that takes over the season. I love the YSL lurex boots. I have a pair from Stuart Weitzman, and I always love putting them on especially in the evenings. While I’m not the biggest jumpsuit fan, I do love the sparkly tweed jumpsuit in black.  Whether it’s a sequin skirt or evening dress, Ken says you can pull off that sparkle from day to night. I think the cream sequin mini might work pairs with an elegant color block coat, but I’m not sure about full on sparkle at the office. Although I suppose it depends where you work…

Metallic Magic

This time of the year, I always find myself pulling out metallic Amy and everything. Like the biker jacket, you can’t go wrong with metallic staples. Metallica can range from subtle and darker looks to the edgier silver and gold pieces. The evening gown, for example, is a great way to have a timeless piece that also has a bit of edge. Pairing Metallica with more structured or traditional pieces can also tone down your metallic look.  I am obsessed with the cream and gold Chanel look. Ken shared how these pieces are made by hand by over twelve people at once! He shared that the way they worked together almost made it seem like a dance. The details from the tweed to the feathers are just stunning. The gold evening gown paired with the Balmain jacket was another of my favorites. The pink metallic Etro jacket is also amazing and can be dressed down or up depending on your mood.

Layering Love

I don’t even know where to begin here…major sensory overload!

Ken paired dresses over skirts followed by a coat or sweater. Layering is a great way to stay warm, but it can also be really flattering if done properly. I am obsessed with the cream Chanel coat over a tunic and cream shirt. You can’t go wrong with tweed, and I love the layering in the jewelry. Ken said that it’s time to bring all of our best jewelry pieces out at once to show a little love. Leopard and fur coats were some of the major staple layering pieces.  I love the tiger and dragon printed boots by Gucci that were featured, and I also love the splash of pink and red color blocking. This color combination was a major player during fashion week. The red fringe Fendi bag paired with a red coat and long dress was another of my favorite looks. Ken says that there’s no need to pair match your refs this season.

Ken featured quite a few Balenciaga pieces during the show. While I absolutely loved the jeans jacket with the bow paired with a long blue gown, I’m not a fan of their puffer jacket. Ken shared that this puffer must be worn as pictured, off the shoulders. All I can say here is there are different strokes for different folks. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Based on the untraditional pairings, it really seems like anything goes this season. I really loved this show, particularly as Ken talked through each piece and trend in great detail. He is also hilarious and super sweet allowing all of us to join him backstage to see the inner workings of a show.

There are so many fun finds this fall, so happy shopping ladies!





8 thoughts on “Fall Fashion in the Eyes of Ken Downing

  1. driftyness says:

    Thanks for taking so many pictures! I loved the styling – very unique and loved the different details and textures in the outfits. My jaw hit the floor when I saw the jewellery table! So many beautiful statement pieces! I’m a sucker for bold, chunky jewellery. Not sure how my wallet would have survived if I had been there ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • admirablylegal says:

      Haha yes I had to bite my tongue to keep myself from spending. I love bold jewelry pieces, and I was amazing by how everything was thrown together in one single outfit.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!!


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