Skip to main content
Sign Up for Our NewsLetter

Fashion Fête:

April 6, 2013

NBAF Fine Art + Fashion 2013

Ken Downing and Neiman Marcus put on a show!

  • Photos by

Drop-dead diva fashions and a 360 degree runway earn raves, while several Atlanta fashion and art stars are honored at Fine Art + Fashion. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the NBAF.

Scenes from NBAF Fine Art + Fashion Scenes from NBAF Fine Art + Fashion

The VIPs

Guest of Honor Ken Downing; Event Chair Millie Smith; Honorary Co-Chairs Vicki and John Palmer; M. Jack Anderson Emerging Talent Award-winners for innovative fashion: Christina Harris, Salimi Akill, and Alicia Akira (all three are SCAD students); Visual Arts honorees Iona Rozeal Brown and Houston Llew; Neiman Marcus Atlanta GM Mark Fillion; NBAF Board Chair Evern Cooper Epps and Event Hosts: actress Nicole Ari Parker and The Biggest Loser TV star Dolvett Quince


The Venue

Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square


The Highlights

A runway-chic crowd of NBAF art and fashion patrons enjoyed a pre-fashion show cocktail and hors d’oevures and live flamenco music. The slickly-produced fashion show included a 360-degree runway wrapped around the upper level of Neiman Marcus, insuring everyone a prime view. Honoree Ken Downing sent out a rainbow-bright array of the latest fashions, fresh off the runway, in colors that progressed through the rainbow spectrum from white and yellow to blues, greens, turquoise, purples, pink, oranges and reds. The girls were immaculately accessorized with the latest handbags, jewels and accessories and dressed in top couture labels such as Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Givenchy, Prada and more. A special tribute was made to late NBAF supporter and Chair Emeritus Sandra Anderson Baccus and a new “Sandra Anderson Baccus Legacy Award” was founded in her name and presented this year to John and Vicki Palmer for their long-standing commitments to art, culture and style. After the fashion show and standing ovations, guests circled Ken Downing for congratulations and enjoyed a post-show party.


The Scene-Makers

Amanda Davis Amanda Davis

Among the fashionable crowd were Brooke Jackson Edmond, Jack Sawyer and Bill Torres, Cynthia and Ira Moreland, Evern and Elze Epps, Lisa Borders, Paige Smith, Rhonda Mims, Ed Stephenson, Radcliffe Bailey, Ann and Ben Johnson, Jay and Arthur Richardson, Dennis Dean, Aida and Alan Flamm, Marian Goldberg, Camille Russell Love, Kim and Bob Brown, Ingrid Saunders Jones, John and Monica Pearson  and of course the fashion-clad Chair Millie Smith in a head-to-toe Chanel look that conjured Madonna’s heyday, with her black, pouf mini-dress, sexy heels and strands and strands of Chanel pearls. Also a fashion standout: Vicki Palmer in her stunning sequined and zippered column gown by Giorgio Armani.



Title Sponsor: Neiman Marcus; Signature Sponsor: ING US; Presenting Sponsors: The Coca-Cola Company; Vicki and John Palmer, Millie and Steve Smith, First Tennessee Foundation.


The Cause

Proceeds from the NBAF (National Black Arts Festival) Fine Art +Fashion event support major exhibitions of visual arts of African descent throughout the region. NBAF declared this year’s Fine Art + Fashion the most profitable to date. Up next: NBAF Art  Festival at Centennial Olympic Park July 12-15 and the NBAF Gala, which this year gives tribute to Broadway, Sat. July 20 at InterContinental Buckhead.  For more information visit:



Models backstage in rainbow-hued fashions Models backstage in rainbow-hued fashions



Honoree Ken Downing with the models backstage Honoree Ken Downing with the models backstage



Crush Notes

Share your polite thoughts below