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Neiman Marcus fashion guru Ken Downing reveals fave fall trends at Recipe for Success dinner finale

Neiman Marcus fashion guru Ken Downing reveals fave fall trends at Recipe for Success dinner finale

Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Ken Downing, Gracie Cavnar, Bob Devlin
Ken Downing , Gracie Cavnar , Bob Devlin Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Marisa Cormier, Claire Cormier Thielke, Meredith Hussein, Katy Atlas
Marisa Cormier , Claire Cormier Thielke , Meredith Hussein , Katy Atlas Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Yvonne Cormier, Leisa Holland-Nelson
Dr. Yvonne Cormier , Leisa Holland-Nelson Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Lindsay Mousoudakis, Valerie Dittner
Lindsay Mousoudakis , Valerie Dittner Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Dr. Lois Vann, Dr. Kelly Coleman
Dr. Lois Vann , Dr. Kelly Coleman Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Molly Kaminski, Lauren Ballard
Molly Kaminski , Lauren Ballard Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, model, gown
Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Ken Downing, Chef Barbara McKnight
Ken Downing , Barbara McKnight Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Judy Nyquist, Jeff Shell
Judy Nyquist , Jeff Shell Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Ebony Goudeau, Davon Hatchett
Ebony Goudeau , Davon Hatchett Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, MiMi Nguyen, Janice Develasco
Janice Develasco , Mimi Nguyen Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, model, gown
Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success, Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Ken Downing
Ken Downing Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Ken Downing, Gracie Cavnar, Bob Devlin
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Marisa Cormier, Claire Cormier Thielke, Meredith Hussein, Katy Atlas
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Yvonne Cormier, Leisa Holland-Nelson
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Lindsay Mousoudakis, Valerie Dittner
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Dr. Lois Vann, Dr. Kelly Coleman
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Molly Kaminski, Lauren Ballard
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, model, gown
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Ken Downing, Chef Barbara McKnight
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Judy Nyquist, Jeff Shell
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Ebony Goudeau, Davon Hatchett
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, MiMi Nguyen, Janice Develasco
Recipe for Success Neiman Marcus, June 2012, model, gown
Recipe for Success, Neiman Marcus, June 2012, Ken Downing

It was a grand finale Wednesday night for Recipe for Success' Dress for Dinner fundraising season with chairs Dr. Yvonne Cormier and daughter Claire Cormier Thielke joining forces with Neiman Marcus for a style fest led by Ken Downing, NM's popular fashion director.

The two-tiered evening began with the ever creative Downing presenting a smashing runway show of his fave fall trends. What does he love? Borrowing tailored details from menswear, deep blue which is the new neutral, photo prints, orange which is THE pop color for next season and leather leggings. You should wear them with everything! Likewise, tweedy, Chanel-style jackets. Ditch the pashmina in favor of the jacket.

As soon as the catwalk cleared, more than a few in the fashion savvy gathering of 100-plus lurched to the dressing rooms to try out the runway looks. 

Premium ticket-holders, close to 30 in all, then joined the effervescent Downing for a seated dinner at which he earned kudos as a world-class raconteur. Dinner was prepared by Recipe for Success chef advisor Barbara McKnight of Catering by Culinaire with ingredients donated by Whole Foods.

As the evening kicked off, Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar announced that stylist-to-the-social-swells Cerón will chair next season's series of Dress for Dinner fundraising events. Cavnar reports that the programs are already shaping up with an Oct. 23 evening with the Mark Badgley/ James Mishka team. (Fifty dollars gets you into the show at Saks Fifth Avenue. A $300 ticket means dinner with the charming duo.)

Applauding the upcoming season and savoring Wednesday night's finale were Neiman's GM Bob DevlinLeisa Holland-Nelson, Karen and Roland Garcia, Ginni Mithoff, Nancy Golden, Lora and Dr. John Clemmons, Allyce and Michael Juenke, Dr. Kelly Coleman and past Dress for Dinner chairs Roz Pactor and Jeff Shell.