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Insta Spotlight: Men’s Fashion Week

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It's impossible not to fall under the charming southern spell of the stylish Ken Downing, the senior vice president and fashion director of Neiman Marcus.

By Jessica Michault

During the menswear shows, all eyes are usually on the drop dead gorgeous male models on the catwalk. Unless of course one of these five men are seated in the front row. Both handsome and stylish, each of these men walk their own sartorial path and prove the point that style is a state of mind.

Ken Downing is the dashing front row fixture—and Neiman Marcus’ senior vice president and fashion director. Always ready with a fabulous piece of fashion advice, Downing has explored almost every aspect of the fashion industry. He was a model during his formative years, a former stylist and studied at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. This impressive CV makes him one of the most well rounded, well informed—and well dressed—men working in fashion today.


The grandson of the legendarily style icon Gianni Agnelli, the Italian industrialist who owned Fiat automotives, Lapo Elkann is a true original. He famously loves to wear his grandfather’s bespoke suits and went on to found the company Italia Independent, the uber-cool lifestyle and clothing brand that promotes Italian craftsmanship. A fixture on the party circuit for many years, Elkann is known to be a shrewd businessman who just happens to have an artist’s soul.


Justin O’Shea has perfected the bad boy chic look. The global buying director of the ecommerce website, O’She is known as much for his abundance of tattoos and his well groomed beard as his prowess at spotting the next designer diamond in the rough. O’She came to the world of fashion relatively late in life, but he has a keen understanding of its power as proven by the fact that his uniform of choice are bespoke suits from the New York tailor Doyle Muese.


Milan Vukmirovic is one of those men for whom style and substance reign supreme. A front row fixture at the menswear shows, this Renaissance Man has worn the hat of fashion designer, jewelry designer and most recently editor in chief of Fashion For Men magazine. Besides running his magazine, he’s the menswear creative director of the Ports 1961 brand.


The rugged good looks of Nick Wooster are only slightly surpassed by the amazing ensembles he puts together. A street style icon, Wooster has spent years working with stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus and also spent time helping to shape the look of Calvin Klien, Polo Ralph Lauren and Thom Browne.  He is now a highly solicited fashion consultant.


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