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Life Lessons from Ken Downing

This past Friday Neiman Marcus hosted a spring trend fashion show by Neiman's Fashion Director Ken Downing. I stole away from work for a long lunch to be fed by fashion instead of food; It was the way I wish to spend every Friday afternoon from here on out. 

Which brings me to lesson #1. Eat one Chipotle burrito a day. That's it. That's his diet he told us when he heard one of us gasp that we were never eating again.

Lesson #2 - Gucci reigns supreme (and so does Chanel and Valentino). Who can blame the guy? I too am enamored with Gucci's recent collection by Alessandro Michele. And you know I'm always down with some Chanel and Valentino. It's my trifecta of choice.

Lesson #3 - Layer like a pro. Tunics over skirts. Dresses over wide leg trousers. Add a jacket tossed with abandon over the shoulders. Do try this at home. But remember, proportion is key.

Lesson #4 - Mix high and low. Be inspired by what you see, not by the label inside. Alice+Olivia with Chanel. Co with Michael Kors. Add a Tory Burch bag with anything. 


Lesson # 5 - More is more (and less is a bore). Pile on the pearls. Wear lurex all day. Mix prints.  Wear day for night and night for day. Be bold!

As for my personal takeaways; Pile on the pearls. Layer dresses over trousers. Be bold with prints. Have fun with fashion!!


Reader Comments (6)

So, I'm watching a video by LisaLisa D1 when I see one of your videos in the sidebar. It was one of your outfits of the day. I watched one video and immediately went to your blog. I was hooked!! I have so enjoyed reading your blog and watching your videos! I appreciate all the fashion/lifestyle counsel. Thank you for being a constant source of inspiration! As always, looking forward to the next post/video! -- Ginger

05.1.2016 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

Lissy, do you have any details on the "bride" look? We are renewing our vows and I've been looking everywhere for something just like this. If you or Elisha could share the clothing details I'd be so grateful!

05.3.2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiplospice

What a fun afternoon! I have to agree with you and Ken both! You can never go wrong with Chanel, Gucci, and Valentino! Thanks for the recap and fabulous pictures!

05.12.2016 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

Out of all the rules, I'm keeping this one: "proportion is key".

Lucky you!

09.10.2016 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

OMG all the outfits under lesson #4 are gorgeous, especially that black and white coat with that yellow fringe bag! So much inspiration! Fellow Boston blogger here -


10.14.2016 | Unregistered CommenterShruti

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