Designer Borris Powell kicked-off Fulton Market Expo with a kick-ass fashion show

Award-winning fashion designer Borris Powell showcased his 2018 fall/winter collection to kick-off Fulton Market Expo on Saturday, March 7. Before a spillover crowd of nearly 200 friends and supporters, Borris opened his show, themed "Sides of Me," with a love song, "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan. (See him sing here). It was an appropriate choice as every single person in the crowd felt his love during this stylish afternoon at WeWork, a chic industrial space nestled in the Fulton River District in the city’s historical West Loop.

Before the show, a ribbon cutting ceremony heralded the official opening for FMX (Fulton Market Expo), an annual celebration of local farmers and craftsmen that will be held every Saturday beginning in June through October (between Peoria and Green Streets). The block was first constructed in 1887 as the historical Fulton Street Wholesale Market, with two original red brick buildings still standing and bearing this name.

The ceremony was presided over by Carla Agostinelli, executive director of WLCO (West Loop Community Organization). On hand were Alderman Walter Burnett, Miss Illinois, board members Sevy Perez, Frederick Dunson, Levar Hoard, Mary Danahy, Hannah Feldman, Bill Marovitz and others.

Inside the We Work venue, the stylish BP crowd anxiously awaited the show, mixing and mingling with friends and enjoying delicious food by handsome and talented Chef Markus Ford amid the floral splendor created by Ramsey Prince of Ashland Addison Floral Designs. The best beats around were provided by DJ Madrid Perry.

Before the show, Borris asked members of the audience wearing his designs to come up and be photographed. Nearly everyone in the room appeared beside BP for this special photo opp!

After singing his love song to the crowd, Borris shared a very heartfelt and touching story about his return and some advice. "If you know anything about me, you know that I don't do this for me, I do this for all of us. All I want to do is have everyone feel as beautiful as they can, to celebrate themselves within their own skin. Don't worry about all the noise, people telling you who you need to be and where you need to be on the success scale. We all have our own time to be successful and it's measured in your own eyes and ears. This is why this show is so important to me. It's called 'Sides of Me' because I've spent my whole entire life not giving you who I really am. I've painted a picture and I've lived inside of a box because I've been delivering the Borris that I thought you wanted instead of being myself. I was worrying about being you and I lost me. It made me a really depressed person for a while. So, this moment is about being okay with who I am and giving you guys 'all sides of me.'" (Don't you just love him?)

Borris' 45-minute show did not disappoint. Gliding down the red runway, models strutted their stuff wearing sparkling deep red and black ensembles (short, long and tea-length), feathered skirts, flowing peach gowns (new for spring), furs provided by York Furrier's Kathy Rezny (who is planning a collaboration with Borris soon), stylish menswear designs and, of course, the practical and perfect "Borris Bag." A standing O followed, long and loud. (See finale video here). (Cutting edge hair styling by Custom Hair Lounge).

The show benefited one of Borris' favorite charities, Esperanza Community Services, a nonprofit established in 1969 that supports children and adults living with autism and other developmental differences.

It was a wonderful afternoon among FOBs (Friends of Borris) with a mix of philanthropy, fabulous fashions and so much more.

Happy to report, BORRIS IS BACK and his fans and friends are thrilled! Congrats with love BP!

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