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Black Dress S.O.S.

I have been very inspired by the shows at Paris Fashion Week and have been unwittingly integrating some of the looks from next season into my daily looks each day. It’s not such a stretch for me to wear a black dress every day, but I’ve been pairing this basic with the loud jewel tones and primary colors like those seen at Balenciaga and Vionnet.

While we won’t be able to get our hands on these clothes for quite some time, I’ve been scouring the dregs of the current fall/winter collections (and looking for sales while I’m at it) for similar to perk up my usual gloomy black wardrobe. As the spring collections amble to stores, it’s easy to find brightly colored accessories.

I would match just about anything with this Alexander McQueen dress from net-a-porter.

To dress it up as an evening look, I’d collect these Viktor & Rolf high heel bow sandals in bright sky blue.

Or for a more casual look I might wear these T-straps from Boutique 9.

Even something as simple as a brightly colored belt like this one from Marni would suffice.

Some more ideas to perk up your black dresses.

Allsaints Ema dress:

Leopard and butterflies cashmere scarf from We are Owls

Squared enamel-link bracelet from J Crew

Pieces Nala belt from

Jessica Simpson Cecity slignback at


NM Selection with Fashion Director – Ken Downing

Editors Note: The Bay Area Fashionista is proud to have Ken Downing, Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus, contributing weekly. Check back every Sunday as Ken weighs in on style, trends, and his favorite pieces from Neiman Marcus. This exclusive fashion report from a key industry insider is only available at TBAF.”


Phillip Lim Plaid Cape :

“Outerwear is everywhere and Phillip Lim adds instant chic to your wardrobe with his blanket plaid camel ( j’adore ) and black cape. Over lace, leggings, with any of this seasons over the top and over the knee boots this fashion must have has you covered, literally ! ” -Ken Downing

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Leopard Spotted Fluff:

“You will be well vested  in the fashion season with this leopard spotted fluff!  I cannot stop singing the praises of this chic trend. Over a romantic top, layered over a tailored jacket  or topping a party dress as I saw it on the runaway in Paris at Valentino , the vest is this seasons best investments !” -Ken Downing

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