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Ken Downing's Style Predictions for this Season!


Happy Friday! This weeks segment with Ken Downing, head of Neiman Marcus Fashion, discusses the top style trends for this season. I am absolutely in love with all of Ken’s predictions for the season and I think you will be too! Enjoy the video and stay tuned for more!

Anneliese Aeria:

Hi everyone. I'm Anneliese Aeria. Up next is part two of my interview with Ken Downing, head of Newman Marcus fashion. In today's segment, he will be discussing the top style trends for the season. You won't want to miss it.

I was hoping to know, what do you predict is the most exciting trend for next season?

Ken Downing:

I'm obsessed with pink and yellow at the moment. In fact, I'm doing a little fashion dossier right now. You know, color to me opens every fashion conversation.

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Anneliese Aeria:

Yes.

Ken Downing:

You know, we all love black. We all wear black. It's not like black ever goes away. I do believe a year from fall to come, which I'm actually heading to New York to begin our early fall buys in a week. We're gonna see a lot of black, because it feels it's important right now, with all of this punk rock, new wave, return to the 80's.

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For spring, it's just kind of this confectionary creation of color everywhere. These candied pinks. These sun filled yellow's that we're seeing everywhere. Because there's a lot of floral blossoming blooms on a lot of dresses and in pattern and print, pink and yellow are combined together in a very cheerful way.

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Stripes continue to be an important trend. You're seeing a lot of stripes articulated with shades of pink, and then punctuated with yellow as well. It's really fun that the idea of a sleeve that has a lot of drama to it, is everywhere, that kind of statement sleeve, and be it big and puffy at the shoulder again, addressing what's happening with the 80's, or the shoulder pad is returning in full force, or even the idea of kind of bubble shapes. That are happening at a cuff, or something that's a bell shape, or even a bishop sleeve, which is fitted at the shoulder, and then billows in a very big way at the sleeve, or even big bows that tie with streamers that hang off the hand.

Anneliese Aeria:

Yeah, I've noticed a lot of sweaters like that.

Ken Downing:

It's just everywhere.

Anneliese Aeria:

It is.

Ken Downing:

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The statement making sleeve is something that I love, because you can wear a really understated skirt, and let all the drama be from the waist up.

Anneliese Aeria:

Yeah.

Ken Downing:

Great for when you're at a dinner party, or when it's only kind of from the waist up and your chatting and you like to use your hands, because you get a lot of credit for it. And you know, in a very happy way, we're seeing this kind of rainbow connection in jewelry. Because there's so much color, and this amplified color that's all over the runways.

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Designers have brought it all together into rainbows. We're seeing rainbow inspiration in jewelry. It can be a rainbow color in a tassel, or this idea of kind of paillets, and sequins and crystals that are in big oversized earrings, which I'm always about a big oversized earring. My mother says that bangs are better than Botox and big earrings take 10 years off every woman. My mother actually has very short hair and so she loves big earrings.

Anneliese Aeria:

That's great.

Ken Downing:

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Even when diminutive jewelry is a trend, it is never a trend at Neiman Marcus. It's always about a big earring, because I think bigger and bolder is better. Jewelry is actually in this rainbow coloration right now, especially in these big oversized earrings that get a lot of attention. I'm really kind of obsessed with that. We're seeing even a lot of rainbow sequins, and a lot ready-to-wear.

Anneliese Aeria:

I've seen those. Yeah.

Ken Downing:

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It's happening. It's gonna be big for spring. And then, as we move into fall, which is now a year to come, we're anticipating a lot of silver sequin, and a lot of art deco influences. I get backstage, and behind the house with a lot of designers that have had collections. I always like to kind of hear what they're thinking about.

Anneliese Aeria:

Yes.

Ken Downing:

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We're anticipating a big of an art deco movement a year from now. As we go into spring, it is all about pinks and yellow. Shoes are gonna have a super pointy elongated toe. It doesn't matter if it's a sexy stiletto, it's gonna be a cute little kitten heel. Doesn't matter if it's a boot that's transcended season, or even just a fabulous flat. That pointed toe is everywhere. It's sharp. It's architectural and it really adds a lot of zest to footwear for the season. A lot of reasons to add new things ...

Anneliese Aeria:

Yes.

Ken Downing:

to make your wardrobe relevant.

Anneliese Aeria:

Another reason to go shopping.

Ken Downing:

Well, always a good reason to go shopping. What I love about the trends for spring, it's not about a total dump of everything that we bought from spring before, or having to re-envision entirely what you might have bought for the fall season. The idea of this addition of a pointed toed shoe is gonna make everything you already love in your closet look new.

Anneliese Aeria:

It's just adding things and get totally…

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Ken Downing:

A closet should be like an art collection. You should curate a closet. You should never feel you have to throw everything out each season. Fashion's not really where we are right now.

Anneliese Aeria:

Yeah.

Ken Downing:

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It's all about the idea of an independent spirit. There's all this idea of kind of a very eclectic spirit. And then we really wanna celebrate our individual style. It's not about following the leader, it's really kind of creating yourself as a leader, that other's might want to follow. I'm loving the very individualistic spirit, not only in how we're dressing, but as I had said earlier with this newfound love of models, not just being the same idea ...

Anneliese Aeria:

Yeah.

Ken Downing:

on every runway.

Anneliese Aeria:

Well, I'm so excited about these new colors and ...

Ken Downing:

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You'll look amazing in pink ... Actually you know what we can be super excited about, in beauty. Because we're going back to the 80's ... A decade never stops at the end of a decade, and then starts itself entirely afresh. It kind of builds momentum.

Anneliese Aeria:

Gradually.

Ken Downing:

Always. Always. 78, 79, there's that kind of punk, new wave idea. At the same time that kind of punk was crossing the pond from London, disco was everywhere.

Anneliese Aeria:

Yeah.

Ken Downing:

It's this kind of interesting melding of disco, punk, new wave, and with that, a lot of glitter makeup.

Anneliese Aeria:

Awe. It's exciting.

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Ken Downing:

Eyeshadow that has a lot of glitter. You're gonna look like a dancing queen out of Studio 54.

Anneliese Aeria:

Yea.

Ken Downing:

Even a lot of the lipstick this season, not just shimmer, but literally glitter in lipstick, and all over in lip gloss. It's kind of a very shiny moment. I mean, if you're a wallflower, a girl needs to sit this one out, because it's all about sparkle and shine and getting a lot of attention.

Anneliese Aeria:

Yes. Yeah, I've noticed.

Ken Downing:

It's gonna be a fun spring.

Anneliese Aeria:

I've noticed with brands even like Glossier, their lip balms that grown women are buying all over the place. I mean, they've got sparkles in it.

Ken Downing:

They loved it the first time.

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Anneliese Aeria:

The child within all of us.

Ken Downing:

It's the one time when people say, "Oh, if you wore it once, you shouldn't wear it again," which I don't believe in any of that ridiculousness anyway. If you love it, if you're feeling it, embrace it.

Anneliese Aeria:

Yes. That's perfect. Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed my time with Ken Downing as much as I did. Stay tuned for more.


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