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Last Friday, Borris Powell hosted his Fall/ Winter 2011 runway show in the ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. This is the first show after his 'Black Swan' dress' was worn by Brazilian Model, Izabella Garcia on the Oscar's red carpet. We trudged our way through the flurry of furs and the mess of lines to catch up with Borris backstage before the show.
The inspiration for the collection, C Me N Dior, is obviously, Christian Dior who rained in the late 1930s through the late 1940s. Borris borrows classic lines and elongated seams from historic Dior pieces. Borris tells us, "I told myself that once I got to the point where I'm extremely comfortable with where I am and confident in my designs, I wanted to do a collection that's inspired by his beauty and I'm going to attribute it to him."
The key pieces that start the collection are the three variations of long faux fur vest trimmed with brown leather and suede. The second key point in the collection, Borris feels is the classic houndstooth suit jacket which sets the tone for a run of simple suits directly inspired by Dior's designs that are according to Borris are more sale-able. Being guided through the looks on the racks, the color palate begins bleeding into red tones we see the collection rounding out with his signature red gown.
· Borris Powell [Official Site]