15 Haute Looks We Loved From The SF Ballet Auxiliary and Neiman Marcus Fashion Show

Spring 2015 style at its best was on display when Neiman Marcus presented the 34th San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show on April 2 in The Grand Ballroom of The Fairmont San Francisco. Ken Downing, senior vice president, fashion director for Neiman Marcus, entertained as the host and masterfully curated the Spring 2015 Designer Collection, which featured 78 haute looks—66 for women and 12 for men.

The fashions ran the gamut from denim bell bottoms to glittery evening gowns. Staged in three scenes, the first act showed haute Bohemian looks—long, languid and lush with colors of spices and fringe. Next came pale shades of white, including black and white outfits. Downing cranked it up several notches in the third act, which featured a lot of mixing and matching of patterns that you may not think would go together.

He prefaced the final act by instructing the women and men to find a base color, an idea within a print, and build on that. Just when you think, “My god, I would never wear that—that’s when it’s perfect. Make chaos out of your closet and mix everything together.”

As hard as it was, we managed to narrow down the 78 looks to our fave 15.


Iro cream suede jacket w/fringe $1065; Cucinelli cream feather top $3090; Cucinelli cream strapless dress w/fringe $5995;


St. Laurent camel color suede v-neck tunic w/fringe $3590; Emilio Pucci silk chiffon gown w/attached metal choker $5300; Emilio Pucci caftan $1590


McQuire denim jean jacket w/suede fringe $495; LaMarque tan suede vest w/fringe $255; Rebecca Taylor blue/red print dress $495; Etro paisley skirt $2695; Valentino color/block tote $3395


Giorgio Armani teal blue velvet jacket $3595; J Brand geometric cargo pants $275; Dsquared denim w/bleach spot shirt $690; NM brown belt $145; NM pocket square $75


Burberry Prorsom green suede trend coat $6500; Tom Ford black/green camoflage bell bottoms $2990; Bottega Veneta black w/beading clutch $3600


Emilio Pucci tie-dye silk dress w/attached metal collar w/stones $7800; Chanel cotton/silk cardigan vest $2750;


Cucinelli camel color coat $2345; Giorgio Armani white picque pants $625; Giorgio Armani beige jacket $2495; Berluti white linen shirt $560; Varvatos brown weave belt $395; White linen pocket square $75



Dolce & Gabbana white picque blazer $1895; Chanel white harem pants $3100; Edie Parker gold stripe clutch $1195



Marni green leather jacket w/flower detail $4760; Marni green flower sleeveless top $890; Dior flower leather pants $3500; Fendi flower handbag $2750


Nina Ricci multi-color cropped jacket $2790; Mary Katrantzou koala & flower print dress $3750; Valentino small black/pink/brown beaded bag on a chain $3345


Valentino multi color shirtdress $1490; Lanvin paprika double-breasted blazer $3090; Marni orange handbag w/yellow fringe and blue flower $3315


McQueen emerald green chiffon gown $3340; St. Laurent leopard print scarf $325


Jason Wu beaded sleeveless top $2595; Tom Ford green tie-dye bellbottom jeans $1990; Leiber black w/gold rhinestone clutch $3995


Herve Leger black fringe gown $1790; Proenza Schouler v-neck green & black pullover with cut-out front and fringe $1850


Givenchy black shorts $1390; Chanel gold glitter tweed jacket $8750; Leiber oval gold ribbed clutch $2195


Kudos to Downing for curating such a haute show. We wish we could run all 78 looks!

Ken Downing
Ken Downing

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography