Published on April 21st, 2015 | by Andy0
Project Runway Designer Korto Momolu Debuts Non-Traditional Bridal Collection at FashionxAustin
Whether rain, sleet or snow, fashion lives, especially in Austin. It may not have been any excitement on the outside of Austin Music Hall due to the dowie weather conditions, but as you step foot inside, the glitz and glam was in full effect during Austin Fashion Week.
Eight exquisite designers from all seasons of the hit TV show, Project Runway, presented their collections to a fashion hungry, southern audience with a palette for fresh and eye-appetizing looks for the upcoming season.
Among the eight designers, Liberian born couturier, Korto Momolu (CUT*TOE – MO*MO*LU) delivered just what the fashion lovers desired.
Momolu first appeared to the fashion world in 2008 on season five of Bravo’s final season of Project Runway. Momolu was voted first runner up and “fan favorite” that season. Her eye for detail and color were some of her strong points during the season.
She brought those strong points and others this year to Fashion Austin. Momolu presented her debut 2015 Bridal Collection in high hopes of inspiration to the bride-to-be or future bride-to-be’s in the audience.
“I get calls to do so many brides during the year, so I finally decided that I’m going to launch something that I want to see at weddings,” said Momolu. “So it’s not something just for brides, but I am also doing something for maid of honor’s, bridesmaids, and it’s a different take on what I feel like someone would want to see at their wedding.”
With African influenced prints, her dresses were beyond non-traditional, they were magical. Soft shades of blue strapless and plunging neckline gowns were strategically placed in between the African inspired gold and light blue printed looks to add elegance to the collection.
While designing, Momolu keeps the curvy girl in mind. With numbers like the gold and light blue peplum top and matching a-lined skirt or the flared top accented with a lengthy train paired with matching knee length shorts would fit any girl with curves like a glove. These dreamy looks can be perfect for that destination wedding you have longed for.
“People are getting more creative because of social media, they see how others dress so they want to do up the next person, they want their wedding dress (es) to tell their story,” said Momolu.
Even though Momolu did not win the overall competition, her dreams of becoming a household named designer was far from over. She continued to design for clients all over the world, like the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Miss Universe, Leila Lopes.
You can also check out her accessories line in Dillard’s Inc. department stores and her beautiful eco-friendly jewelry collection for Smithsonian Museum stores.
With designing custom wedding gowns, jewelry and accessories, one would think that if she is excelling in the career area, then she must be failing in her personal life. Momolu is living proof for women of this generation that you can have a career and keep your personal life in tact as well.
“I picked the right husband, we are so opposite, and it works because of that reason. Getting married and having a baby is not a stumbling block if you creatively work well with it, then it’s not a bad thing,” Momolu said. “I want my children to know that mom has a life and her own identity and especially for my daughter I want her to see that when you grow up and get married you don’t have to lose who you are you can have it all.”
Check out a few highlights from the Korto Momolu 2015 Bridal Collection below: