Tag: Ken Downing

Celebrity Style, Chicago, Second City Style

2016 Year In Review: The Designers, Stylists & Celebs I Met In Chicago!

As each year comes to a close, it’s fun to take a moment and look back at the amazing fashion designers, stylists and celebrities that visit Chicago. I know I’m lucky to get to meet them and 2016 was no exception! I was able to reacquaint and catch up with some of my favorites, and also meet interesting designers and…

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Chicago, Designers, Second City Style

Dynamic Duo: Diane von Furstenberg and Ken Downing Take Chicago!

Diane von Furstenberg visited Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue for a rare appearance and runway presentation and (double bonus) Ken Downing curated the show! I had the opportunity to go backstage prior to the presentation and chat with Ken as he meticulously styled the models in Diane von Furstenberg’s fall collection with fun sunglasses, blingy jewelry and tall boots. Both Lauren…

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Anti-Aging Style

The Year In Review: Stylish Highlights of 2015

The year 2015 flew by too quickly but not without some memorable moments along with a few brushes with greatness. Whenever people ask me what I like most about fashion blogging the answer is – when I have the opportunity to meet famous fashion designers, creative directors, actresses and models! Here are some of my highlights from the past year.…

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Chicago, Events, Second City Style

Fashion Group International of Chicago Night of Stars Gala

An awards gala is not a typical awards gala…especially when the topic is fashion, style and beauty! The awards presentation at the Fashion Group International of Chicago Night of Stars Gala was entertaining and inspiring from start to finish! Held on Thursday November 12th at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, the event began with a cocktail party along with a silent auction…

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Chicago, Second City Style

Ken Downing's Spring 2015 Runway Report at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue

Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing was in Chicago last Thursday. Fashion-savvy women at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as Downing presented the stunning and exciting Runway Report Spring 2015. His humorous quips were as entertaining as the gorgeous fashions he presented, consisting of pieces from luxury designer collections. His fashion and styling tips got us…

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Fashion News, Second City Style

Today's Fashion Headlines: Milan's 70s Vibe, Julie de Libran Debuts, Lululemon's First Mens Store

Retailers Dig The Seventies Vibe at Milan Fashion Week There was a strong Seventies vibe on the runways in Milan and retailers praised the easy, yet feminine designs with pants (a rarity) and a heightened play on Italian craftsmanship. Colorful maxidresses, hip-hugging flared trousers, patchworks, floral and geometric prints, transparency, organza, lots of suede, suede with embellishment and fringe trims…

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Designers, Television, Yahoo

Project Runway All Stars Season 1 Episode 12: Finale. Memorable Quotes From Last Night's Episode

And so the Season 1 finale of Project Runway All Stars continued. The show picked up at the end of the fourth day the finalists were given to finish a collection of six pieces and segued into the day of the final runway show. The designers had one calming moment upon entering the awe-inspiring ambiance of Gotham Hall where their…

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Accessories, Bling/Jewelry, Second City Style

Neiman Marcus Northbrook Spring Trend Preview Party

Neiman Marcus Northbrook hosted a Spring Trend Preview Party last Wednesday in the Zodiac. We enjoyed cocktails and lite bites followed by a fashion style presentation by Ken Downing’s Style Advisor, Abby Zupancic. Abby is in contact with Ken on a regular basis and put together a presentation to include some of his latest fashion trend advice. Needless to say,…

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Second City Style, Television, Yahoo

Project Runway All Stars, Season 1 Episode 1: The Unconventional Challenge. Memorable Quotes from Last Night's Episode.

Project Runway All Stars is in the house and Lifetime isn’t holding anything back! Who knows why the good folks at Lifetime waited so long to put this together, but thank goodness they did, it’s seems to have brought life back to what was becoming a ho-hum show. Sure, it was only the first episode, but the new judges, new…

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Fashion, Second City Style, Television, Yahoo

Neiman Marcus Joins Project Runway All-Stars

It’s almost time for Project Runway All-Stars! How excited are you?! The favorites are coming back for another chance at redemption! This time, Neiman Marcus gets to join in on the fun. Neiman Marcus will be providing all the accessories for the Project Runway “wall”. For those who are not familiar with the show (for shame!), the accessories wall is…

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Celebrity Style, Fashion, Retail Detail, Second City Style

Retail Detail. Retailers Clamor for Rachel Zoe's New Clothing Line

Rachel Zoe is on cloud nine. With her newborn son and successfully launched clothing line, the celeb stylist and reality show star can’t believe the response her line has received.“It was this dream that I never thought would be reality because I was petrified — I was,” she recalled. “I feel so complete now becoming a designer and having my…

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Events, Fashion, Fashion Shows, Social Media, Yahoo

Neiman Marcus Launches Virtual Fashion Week Today!

Getting geared up for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York? So are we! And although the shows aren't until next month, Neiman Marcus is giving us a taste of what's to come with the launch of their virtual fashion week. Starting today, January 10th and running through January 13th, Neiman Marcus will be streaming videos of the Spring 2011 designer…

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New York Fashion Week Spring '11

Loved It or Loathed It? Designers, Industry Insiders (and SCS!) Weigh In on Lincoln Center

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center! Well, its officially over. After a week-long whirlwind of runway shows, presentations and cocktail parties, the Second City Style team can place another successful Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week under our perfectly styled belts. And despite the rampant running from place to place and long days lugging a laptop around, it seems like this season's Fashion…

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Retail Detail. Buyers Excited by Milan, Hope The Best For Paris.

Versace Spring 2010 Milan Fashion Week has quietly come to a close and without skipping a beat, Paris Fashion Week has begun. Today marks the first day of Paris shows, featuring the likes of Rochas and Gareth Pugh and causing weary fashion editors to dab some La Mer around their puffy, sleep-deprived eyes. And though the craziness of the season…

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