On May 17, Neiman Marcus Honolulu celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special Runway Report fashion show and a special guest—Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing. Generously hosted by Neiman Marcus, 100 percent of the ticket proceeds benefitted the Honolulu Museum of Art. The result? Over $14,500 that will go toward supporting the museum’s mission to bring together great art and people through education, exhibitions, our collection, and other programs. More than 30,000 children can make art and engage with our diverse collection through these very offerings.
The stylish event opened with a bustling cocktail reception, which included delicious bites to eat and flutes of sparkling wine to sip.
Attendees enjoyed an exclusive front row look at over 40 custom-curated looks with runway commentary by Downing himself. His 80s-inspired Runway Report shared the latest trends to grace the catwalk, from Dolce & Gabbana head-to-toe leopard to Stella McCartney pant suits. It was truly a fashion extravaganza, as other designers featured include Off-White and Brunello Cucinelli.
After the show, guests got a behind-the-scenes look at all of the featured outfits—and were also able to meet with Downing and listen to his coveted fashion advice. (A tidbit of Downing’s advice: More is more and less is a bore.)
The Honolulu Museum of Art partnership with Neiman Marcus Honolulu dates back to the opening of their Ala Moana Center store, and was driven by the late Al Tomonari, general manager and museum trustee. The museum looks forward to continuing this longstanding partnership with Gina Haverly, current general manager, and is grateful for all that Neiman Marcus does to support the arts and arts education programs in the communities they do business in.
A special thank you to Honolulu Museum of Art trustee Corine Hayashi for spearheading this partnership for the museum.