Dress for Dinner w/ Ken Downing


This week, I was so happy to attend the Dress for Dinner fashion show at Neiman Marcus benefiting Recipe for Success, with special guest Ken Downing. You may know him as the fashion director for Neiman Marcus, but one thing I learned about him that night was that he is also full of wit! He took us through the upcoming trends for fall with perfectly styled looks both for daytime and evening. Fall is actually my favorite fashion season, because I love to dress in layers, and I love the rich, dark colors of fall. Here are some of my favorite looks of the night, which showcased some of the trends to look for in Fall 2012.


Floral pants are not going anywhere (thank goodness!), and pops of bright orange were a common theme of the night.


The coordinating dress and jacket are big for Fall, as are what Ken called “digital prints”. I love of all the colors in this look, and there goes that orange again ( I am not complaining).


Tweed jackets, digital prints, and another pop of orange in the heels.

Menswear inspired looks are a big trend for Fall. Also, the leather pant is used as a legging. I love the orange bag!

This look was a definite show-stopper. Here again, the tweed jacket is used in place of a shawl or wrap for an evening look. Another trend I am excited about is layering lots of necklaces. Pearls, turquoise, and agate are all on trend for Fall.

This was a Resort look, with a beautiful printed maxi skirt and lots of orange. I also love the exaggerated collar on the sweater.

I was in love with this whole look, but I couldn’t take my eyes off of this navy and orange Celine bag. To die for! Navy is the new neutral, and Ken says not to be afraid to pair navy with black.

Another show-stopper. The mirrored print is here to stay. Remember my mirror print dress from this post?

Gorgeous Herve Leger dress with the pale green details, and green Bottega Veneta bag. Green is another big color for fall….all shades of green, alone or in combination.


I had to include this shot because of the Valentino bag in the zebra print. “High impact” bags are hot for Fall, and this one definitely fits that category.

What do you think? Which of these looks is your favorite? Mine would have to be the floral pants with the orange blazer. The pants are by Theory and you can get them here.

Have a great weekend!