The last time I visited Neiman Marcus was to view a student’s design that was featured in a display window. I didn’t have time to browse, which is a good thing because the most expensive item in the department is what usually catches my eye. What can I say? It’s a gift.
- Fine Art + Fashion Benefit Fashion Show Presented by NBAF and Neiman Marcus
On this occasion, I’m here at Neiman Marcus to cover the 7th Annual Fine Art + Fashion Runway Show to benefit the National Black Arts Festival. This much anticipated event is also a platform to acknowledge those who have excelled in the visual arts.
At 6:45 pm guests attending the reception were asked to make their way to their seats. Shortly afterwards, a commentator introduced the host Nicole Ari Parker who extended regrets from her husband Boris Kodjoe before welcoming co-host Dovett Quince. Boris Kodjoe was scheduled to host the program with Nicole but had to cancel due to filming.
(Third from the Right) Lisa Borders, President of Atlanta City Counsel and Senior Vice President with Cousins Properties Incorporated, attended the event.
The first honorees to be acknowledged were Vicki and John Palmer, recipients of the first annual Sandra Anderson Baccus Legacy Award. The Palmers were honored for their philanthropic work and support of the National Black Arts Festival.
2013 M. Jack Anderson Emerging Talent Award Winners (left to right) Alicia Akira, Christian Harris and Salimi Akill from Savannah College of Art and Design
Other honorees include: Christian Harris, Salimi Akill and Alicia Akira, recipients of the 2013 M. Jack Anderson Emerging Talent Award. This award acknowledges cutting edge, up and coming fashion designers.
Nathaniel Keith, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University's Fashion Program, attended the event. Keith is a past recipient of the M. Jack Anderson Emerging Talent Awards.
Also honored were, Iona Rozeal Brown and Houston Llew for their work in the Visual Arts. Pieces from their individual collections were on display at Neiman Marcus Lenox Square during the event. Ken Downing Neiman Marcus Fashion Director was named Guest of Honor. Mr. Downing sets the pace for the NM brand. He is also well respected for his insight and interpretation of the latest fashion trends and is the go to person for media and up and coming designers. When his name was announced, the presenters found Ken backstage prepping the models for the runway show. He did come out to thank the guests.
“The Art of Fashion” fashion show received rave reviews from the audience. Black silhouettes and white designs created a balance for bright hues such as orange, red and hot pink. ”I want women to feel confident and beautiful” says Ken Downing. One of my favorite looks is the cropped skinny pants in red. How’s that for confidence. Also featured were designs with hemlines in various lengths and coordinated lady like looks. Trends to watch for spring/summer 2013: hot pink, mixed patterns, platform heels and exposed zippers.
Neiman Marcus Presents "The Art of Fashion"
A post show party replete with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, petite fours and live music concluded the evening. I had a fabulous time. On my next visit to Neiman Marcus, I promise to take a moment and look around. As it happens, my LBD needs to be replaced.
The NBAF celebrated its 25th Anniversay by presenting the most successful Fine Art + Fashion program ever. Vicki and John Palmer were Honorary Chairs. Millie Smith served as Event Chair.
Proceeds from Fine Art + Fashion will go to the National Black Arts Festival’s visual arts programs, related public programs and marketing to support major exhibits.
Fine Art + Fashion was held on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Neiman Marcus Lenox Square Atlanta. Event sponsors include Neiman Marcus, ING, The Coca-Cola Company, Vicki and John Palmer, Millie and Steve Smith and the First Tennessee Foundation.
Neiman Marcus The Art of Fashion Runway Show at Fine Art + Fashion Event
Fine Art + Fashion Presented by the NBAF and Neiman Marcus
The Art of Fashion Presented by Neiman Marcus
The Art of Fashion Benefit Runway Show