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Soar into Spring with Ultimate Style on 3 April


San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary and Neiman Marcus Union Square team up to highlight Spring 2014 Designer Collections--curated by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing for a not-to-be-missed fashion event this Thursday, 3 April.

Ask any in-the-know attendee or fashion doyenne at designer runway shows from New York to London, Milan and Paris about Ken Downing…and the response is …"ah, he’s fabulous!"

Downing, Neiman Marcus Senior Vice President and Fashion Director, is the “Guru of Gurus” of designer fashion, and the entire industry recognizes his prowess.

And on Thursday, 3 April, San Francisco audiences will get a rare opportunity to spend time with this ultimate fashion insider and prognosticator at the 33rd San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show, at the Fairmont Hotel.

With Mrs. Robert Wood as 2014 Fashion Show Chair, with Mrs. John E. Fetzer as Luncheon Chair, the San Francisco Ballet event features a cocktail reception at 11a, followed by a full Runway Show and Luncheon, with a live auction and raffle.

But the bonus benefit of attending the show is to glean trends and haute hot looks from Ken Downing—to garner his insider insights and comments about the "best of the best," delivered in a lively, convivial way.

Handsome, personable, charming, Ken Downing is so knowledgeable that he is consulted by designers and industry leaders alike for his thoughts on what makes a winning look.

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.

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.

Downing is often consulted by national and international publications including: International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

See an upload of Ken Downing speaking about Fall 2014 on Lives of Style broadcast TV at /

In his role at Neiman Marcus, as Senior Vice President, Fashion Director. Ken Downing travels the globe to bring luxury and style to the Neiman Marcus customer. He interprets, articulates and sets the fashion direction for the Neiman Marcus brand as well as serves as their international fashion ambassador. And he is a constant fixture at New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks where 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.

When a famous West Coast fashionistas said, “When I want to see someone in the fashion world, I always choose the best,” she was referring to Ken Downing.

San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary—as a world-class organization, could not partner with anyone better, for their 33rd Ballet Auxiliary Show, which benefits the Ballet’s Annual Benefit Fund.

For tickets, contact San Francisco Ballet or:

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