Ken Downing is not a minimalist. It’s an art form he says he learned from his mother. The fashion director and senior vice president of Neiman Marcus came to the Neiman Marcus store in Boca Raton April 6 to share the spring trends with some of South Florida’s most fashionable women.
“More is more and less is a bore!” Downing proclaimed at the begining of his runway show that featured opulent fashions for both men and women.
“Ladies, go home and take every ring out of your jewelry box and put them on,” Downing declared. “Diamond rings and colored gem stones are a big look now.”
While Downing pointed out other essential spring trends such as lace, the cold shoulder baring look and embellished shoes worn for day time, one of the more intriguing looks is a gender-bending thing that’s happening now. Blouses for boys, bomber jackets for girls—it’s an anything goes sort of vibe at the moment.
“I love what’s happening with men’s fashion right now,” Downing said, as a male model made his way down the runway sporting a Chanel blouse, broach and navy blue blazer. “Women and men are borrowing each others clothes. Men are carrying these gorgeous, detailed Gucci gym bags.”
My favorite look of the show was a bright orange Stella McCartney gown paired with costume chandelier earrings and a gold, sparkly clutch. The off the shoulder gown was stunning and wearable.
Downing said chokers will be an important look this fall season and in addition to bomber jackets and blazers making a comeback, there will continue to be a ’70s inspired vibe. This spring, cat eye sunglasses by Fendi and the color red continue to make bold and very current wardrobe statements.