San Francisco Ballet & Neiman Marcus Union Square Present Fashion Show to Benefit San Francisco Ballet


SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, October 25, 2013 – San Francisco Ballet and Neiman Marcus Union Square will partner to present a fashion show on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at The Fairmont San Francisco. The grandeur of the luxury hotel atop Nob Hill will be the dramatic backdrop for a runway show highlighting Neiman Marcus’ collections, curated by its Fashion Director and Senior Vice President Ken Downing. Not only does this show mark the first time that Neiman Marcus has partnered with San Francisco Ballet, but it’s the first time this show has been presented in the Bay Area. Organized by the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, the fashion show benefits San Francisco Ballet.

“We are very grateful to Neiman Marcus and are thrilled to host this spectacular event that directly supports San Francisco Ballet’s artistic and educational programs,” said San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary member and Fashion Show Chair, Beatrice Wood. “It is a pleasure to work with Neiman Marcus on such a unique presentation of Spring collections from several designers.”

The exclusive event begins at 11 am with a cocktail reception followed by a runway show and luncheon with a live auction and raffle. Patricia M. Rock is luncheon chair and Ms. Dara C. Rosenfeld is décor chair for this event.

“We are looking forward to supporting SF Ballet’s artistic and educational endeavors through this partnership. We are especially excited about this opportunity given SF Ballet Board Member O.J. Shansby’s long standing relationship with us and SF Ballet,” said Alan Morrell Vice President, General Manager, Neiman Marcus Union Square

Ken Downing is fashion director and senior vice president of American luxury specialty store Neiman Marcus. He oversees women’s and men’s trends, managing a team of fashion editors in the company’s New York office, and directing 200 merchants in Dallas on what is fashionable and what to buy for each season. He represents Neiman Marcus in the media and at major fashion events, and is the definitive tastemaker, stylist, and arbiter of fashion for Neiman Marcus. He resides in Dallas and is a connoisseur of 20th century contemporary furniture and art.

Downing began his career with luxury retailer I. Magnin and held various creative positions in visual planning and fashion. He joined Neiman Marcus in October 1989 as the fashion coordinator at the Los Angeles store. His overall challenge was to create a distinctive fashion image for Neiman Marcus. With Downing’s direction, the design of windows, the interior design of the store and special events were re-invented as he created the luxurious L.A. style for Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills. Through various roles in corporate visual and corporate public relations, he has helped direct the overall creative look and public image of Neiman Marcus stores and products.

Over the course of his career, Downing has appeared as a fashion industry expert on many local and nationally televised programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, E! Entertainment, Fox News, The Rachel Zoe Project, and Project Runway All Stars.

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