View from the Front Row with Ken Downing


Ken Downing- Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus and Bag Snob Tina

I have been running into friends from Dallas all week; including the fabulous Ken Downing, Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus. Ken has been heralded the most influential man in fashion not to mention the hardest working. I saw him at every show I attended, fiercely focused on each look floating down the runway and taking notes on the pieces that will end up on the glossy racks at Neiman Marcus stores by next February. So what does the man who decides what women will wear each season think of the latest bags? I caught up with Ken in midst of his busy week for a quick Q & A.

mkgold.jpgBag Snob: I have not seen you in so long, how are you? It seems you are never in Dallas anymore!

Ken Downing: I know, it’s been a whirlwind. I go home for a day and then it’s off to the next trip.

Bag Snob: What bags have you seen at Fashion Week, tell me which ones you’re most excited about for Spring.

Ken Downing: The oversized gold foiled bag from Michael Kors is hot. I also liked the clutches he showed.

Bag Snob: I spoke to Zac Posen and he said to expect different bags from him next Spring. Have you seen them yet?

Ken Downing: Oh yes, I was just at Zac’s showroom the other day. Great collection, streamlined and very sleek. He’s lightened up the look, took the hardware off and has a more modern edge.

Bag Snob: What bag trend do you predict will continue from Fall to Spring?

Ken Downing: Exotics will continue strong. And anything ombre, even better is exotic skins in ombre. The varying hues really show off the texture of skins.

Bag Snob: What bag should we be buying right now for Fall?

Ken Downing: The bag you’re using is perfect. Gray exotic is the look of the season. (Bag Snob note: I was carrying the Bottega Veneta Anaconda Lucida bag)

With that and a kiss adieu, Ken was off to the next show. I saw him again at Oscar de la Renta later that day across town, like I said, the man never stops!



  1. cheryl
    September 12, 2007 / 2:16 pm

    ahhhhh tina! i love your bagggggs 🙂

  2. what
    September 12, 2007 / 6:43 pm

    Am I dumb? What does ombre mean?

  3. what
    September 12, 2007 / 6:44 pm

    what does ombre mean?

  4. Lillian
    September 13, 2007 / 8:19 am

    Seems like you had a great time my dearest bagsnob………….good for you…..looks like you are living your dream job > MUch continued success. LV

  5. You know who
    September 13, 2007 / 12:00 pm

    Ombre is a mucho macho latin boy as well!


  6. Jan
    September 13, 2007 / 5:23 pm

    How adorable are you? Great photo!

  7. maricar
    September 14, 2007 / 12:08 pm

    You both look fabulous!

    I love bagsnob Tina!

  8. Ab
    September 16, 2007 / 8:58 am

    You look Gorgeous! What a dream life you have!

  9. linz
    September 17, 2007 / 3:14 am

    You look so pretty!

  10. ann
    September 17, 2007 / 9:12 am

    you have such GLOWING SKIN!! and you look fab!

  11. cynthia
    November 1, 2007 / 10:29 pm

    i can’t decide whose job i want more… tina’s or ken’s??

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