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Spring Fashion Tips From Ken Downing

MIAMI (CBS4) – Fashion Guru Ken Downing made a stop in South Florida to introduce some new fashion trends that will be in style this season.

It's back to future in fashion this spring as backpacks make a roaring return to the runways. That's the official word from Downing, director of fashion for Niemen Marcus.

"And don't think like something being on a college campus, it's like super fashion backpack," said Downing.

Some people may still have their cool backpacks from the past stashed in the back of their storage.  According to Downing, it can all be put to use now.

"Now it's vintage so bring it back," said Downing.

He recently hosted a fashion show at Niemen Marcus Bal Harbour where he wowed the audience with his passion for pink.

"What I love this season is the idea of pale blush pink with a shocking pink shoe or vice versa. I love that mix of taking something super pale and super soft and making it super bold," said Downing.

Every shade of pink from sheer blush to fuchsia is dominating clothing, jewelry, makeup and accessories.

"It's that with all of the color that is on the runway, and you know we love color in this part of the world, pink being the most important, but there is also yellow and gorgeous limey green and some tranquil blues," said Downing.

From neon green to a simple crisp white shirt, the runway looks look like they they were designed for South Florida's relaxed lifestyle.

"You know interestingly we saw flowers on the runway and pattern for men as well, which is perfect for this part of the world," said Downing.

Downing said skinny jeans are still in fashion but with one simple pleat and denim on denim is also a fashion fad.

You can even mix up the colors of denim to make a fashion statement.

If you've kept your clothes from the pas,t dig back to the 1960s and 70s for a pair of culottes.

You can't talk about fashion without shoes and the shoe this season is the shoe booty.   Also trending is the ankle-strap pump, the graphic and very popular sparklers, like Christian Loubotin D'orsay pumps.  Another one you may not be able to resist is a black and gold butterfly laser cut heel with leather and satin by Sergio Rossi.

Downing said if you are going to do anything spring, make it colorful and make it pink.

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