Fashion Show

33rd San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show


Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fashion Show Presented by: Neiman Marcus Union Square

Venue: The Fairmont San Francisco

Time: Cocktail Reception at 11am, followed by a Runway Show and Luncheon with a live auction and raffle

Runway Show: Spring 2014 Designer Collections curated by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director, Ken Downing

Mrs. Robert Wood
2014 Fashion Show Chair

Mrs. John E. Fetzer
Luncheon Chair

View the Neiman Marcus Spring 2014 Designer Collections with Ken Downing at Neiman Marcus Union Square after the Luncheon.

Explore the Live Auction Packages and Raffle Prizes

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Courtesy of Neiman Marcus
Photo: Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Ken Downing

Senior Vice President, Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus

Ken Downing is the Senior Vice President, Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus where he interprets, articulates and sets the fashion direction for the Neiman Marcus brand as well as serves as their international fashion ambassador.  He provides oversight to the company’s merchant and creative divisions, and is responsible for dictating the seasonal trends for Neiman Marcus stores and online businesses.

In his role as Fashion Director, Mr. Downing travels the globe to bring luxury and style to the Neiman Marcus customer. He is a constant fixture at New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks. Annually, he hosts more than 20 customer events within the 41 Neiman Marcus stores, often alongside esteemed designers such as Stella McCartney, Derek Lam, Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Olivier Theyskens, Tory Burch, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, David Yurman, and Rachel Zoe.

Established designers and new talent frequently tap Mr. Downing’s talents and insights to inform their brands and develop their collections. In recent seasons, he collaborated with Pop Sugar and Le Métier de Beaute on a color collection line inspired by the tones and colors he forecasts for the season. He has worked on partnerships and events with the fashion media elite, including Anna Wintour of Vogue, Glenda Bailey of Harper’s Bazaar, Hal Rubenstein of InStyle, Stellene Volandes of Town & Country Magazine, Joanna Coles of Cosmopolitan, and Stefano Tonchi and Karla Martinez of W Magazine.

He is often consulted by national and international publications including:  International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His ability to quickly and succinctly articulate fashion trends and styles has landed him on televised media appearances including: “Oprah”, “E! Entertainment”, “The Rachel Zoe Project”, “Joe Zee’s All on the Line” and “Project Runway All Stars” where he selected the series winner along with Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi.

Mr. Downing received his education from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where he studied fashion and apparel design. He is on the board of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation.

Meet Ken Downing immediately following the fashion show at Neiman Marcus Union Square and view their Spring 2014 Collections.

Fashion Show ticket prices start at $350. To purchase tickets, download the RSVP form.


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