"Without a Shadow of a Doubt" Fashion Show, presented by local designer Borris Powell, set a very high standard for Chicago fashion shows at the River East Art Center recently. Opening with chic fashions from Lincoln Park's newest boutique, STRUT, owner Niala Conte sent models down the runway in wearable and accessible outfits that made you want to rush to her store at 2549 N. Clark St. And indeed, guests could shop in her pop-up store after the show with a 20% discount thrown in for good measure!
Being the ultimate showman, you never know what to expect from Mr. Borris Powell but when the red Ferrari powerfully hummed into the middle of the event driven by two gorgeous models, both wearing red, the crowd just lost it! It sat there front and center throughout Borris' faultless fashion show. Special guest, Chicago Bear Rashied Davis, was wearing the very first men's suit that Borris had created as he told the crowd about his wonderful foundation that he and his wife Dianna founded, The Rashied Davis Charities, which teaches students how to overcome obstacles.
And then the show! I was thrilled and honored to co-host with NBC's Marcus Riley, who makes quite a fashion statement himself. On this night, he was wearing all local designers and his girlfriend Nicole Townsend was beaming with pride. Factor models glided down the runway to music which honored Whitney Houston in fashions that made me swoon. For the first time, Borris presented his menswear line to wild applause. His latest handbag, which was presented on this night, can be used by both sexes and is the perfect shade of chocolate that will match every outfit for fall. His use of pops of color with more classic looks was the perfect mix for now. I loved the full length leather gown and his extra-wide belts, which were shown with lots of the ensembles. This new wide shape was modern and new and I want one in every color! The makeup, by Brenda Arelano among others, was simple and clean with a bright red mouth. Hair by Nevena Zee from the Custom Hair Lounge & Spa also echoed the makeup with classic shapes and men's looks inspired by Italian Vogue, slicked back and sleek.
The menswear collection had something for every type of male from the buttoned up businessman to the guy channeling his inner Marc Jacobs. Quenten Schumacher already has his eye on the copper colored statement suit....so headsup here Borris!
And when the man himself came out for his final bows with that winning smile that we all love, the crowd was sitting in the palm of his hand.....As he danced along behind the Ferrari as it hummed out of the ballroom, we knew we had all just witnessed fashion magic!
Long may you reign Borris!!! (Photos by Caitlin Saville and Mitchell Canoff)
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