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Korto Momolu partners with Dillards.

In case you couldn’t tell, that’s Korto Momolu of Project Runway fame. She was the runner up of her season but the next day after her apparent loss she was the most searched name on Google. Her quirky, colorful line has found it’s place in alot of people’s hearts and now it those people will be able have a bit of Korto in their closets, or should I say on their arms?? Due to a recent partnership, Korto Momolu’s handbags and jewelry may be at a Dillards near you this February.

See more under the clip for the official press release and a video of a interview with Korto as well as clips of a show she put on for Boston Fashion Week

This show was very much like the show I attended this past summer(and just in case you were wondering that was Bianca Golden and Aminat Ayinde from America’s Next Top Model). The vibrant colors and African inspired designs have very much become Korto’s signature as well as the extravagant accessories. I await February 15 which will see the launch of the Dillard’s line as well as Korto’s return to the tents of NYC. Hopefully, we’ll be able to scrounge up some pictures from what promises to be an eccentric show. View the official press release below.

Project Runway’s Korto Momolu Partners with Dillard’s to Design a Line of

Signature Handbags and Jewelry Scheduled to Launch February 2010

In-Store Appearances Planned For February and March in Major Cities

Little Rock, Arkansas (January 20, 2010) – The Korto Momolu Brand and Dillard’s, an upscale department store chain based in Little Rock, Arkansas, announced today the launch of a new line of signature handbags and accessories designed by Korto Momolu that will be available in all Dillard’s stores and online at http://www.dillards.com beginning February 15, 2010.

“We are very excited to bring Korto Momolu’s collection of jewelry and handbags to Dillard’s”, said Bill Dillard III. “It is thrilling to watch a new designer begin her career in such an exciting fashion. Dillard’s is committed to innovative design and bringing our customers new and exciting labels.”

To further strengthen this partnership, Ms. Momolu will embark on a nationwide tour from February to March 2010. The tour will kick-off in Ms. Momolu’s home state of Little Rock, Arkansas, and will include the major cities of Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Charlotte, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

“This partnership with a worldwide brand like Dillard’s is thrilling for me, because it will enable me to expose even more people to my aesthetic and continue to make my brand a household name” said Korto Momolu. Dubbed as ‘the one to watch’ during her appearances on Project Runway Season 5, she is living proof that if you follow your dreams and be true to your craft good things will always happen.

Coinciding with the date of her Dillard’s launch, Korto Momolu will return to the runways of New York City on February 15th,at the Union Square Ballroom to present her latest collection of apparel, handcrafted handbags and accessories. This will mark her first showcase since she competed as a reality TV contestant. Her collection will include a sneak peek at the exclusive handbag and jewelry signature line designs for Dillard’s stores and Dillard’s online.

The road traveled hasn’t always been easy for this talented designer. After being kept away from her homeland of Liberia, West Africa, for almost 20 years because of a civil war, Ms. Momolu and her family settled in Canada where she pursued her passion and studied fashion design at the L’Academies des Couturiers Design Institute in Ottawa, Ontario.


Modeling should be an art so POSE!!!

So today’s post is all about the model!!! I am sick and tired of opening up a magazine and seeing a model just stare back at me from an editorial, a little slouch, and what, oh, you can squint your eyes? Bleh! I’m tired of it. Maybe I’m old school with my love for runway shows, the stomp walk, the fierce eye, and the amazing pose that requires hours of work and perfection, but I like what I like.

To me, modeling is not only a label, it’s not just a job, it’s an art form! I want models to find that new angle, that new pose, to find that if I turn my face just this way the light will hit it just right, or if I extend my leg a tad more I can make the dress move this way and show it off more. That’s what I want to see… MOVEMENT!! On the runway I want that signature walk, and I want to see that twirl! Make the garment move, make it speak to me please! I don’t want you to just walk down the runway like your mom just woke you up, gave you two seconds to dress in heels that are 3 sizes too small, I want to see fierceness in your eye! I think that’s what you girls are trying to portray but it goes deeper than face value, it’s an emotion!

Maybe I’m not explaining it right, so let’s look at that little spread I created really quickly.

The first picture actually is the signature couture pose. It comes from the blogger named ELYOO. You say give me couture to someone on the side of the road and they put their hands on their ribcage and push, while bending akwardly. This gives me angles with the arms, and also hopefully it’ll crush your ribcage in which makes an angle which has a cusp at your waist. It’s the classic couture! There are slight variations and things you can do to give more angles but I mean, like I said, it’s a classic.

The second picture, the one with SALEISHA from ANTM, is one that I loved when I watched her shoot. As a matter of fact I also love her runway walk. But anyways, back to the picture. You see the angles, and shapes she creates with her body positioning and her bent leg? Love Love Love!!! I also just noticed that alot of couture poses are a 3 quater profile… but that’s neither here nor there.

Next is Miss Tyra Banks herself, posing for Harper’s Bazaar I believe. Again angles angles, and I don’t know about you but my eyes are drawn down the leg and right into that 3 quater. That’s the thing about a good model, you give the staff lines to work with to point to a headline if need be but that also make sure you’re shown in the shot. Amazingness in my opinion!

Now this last one, is my least favorite of the bunch but we still got angles, and shapes. I’m not a fan of cutting off part of a hand or part of a foot in a shot, it makes the picture weird in my opinion. It also looks like in this picture that her right leg is amputated at the knee, but still like I said, angles, shapes, lines, give me something girls!!!!

Enough of that, I got stuff to do tomorrow, so I’ll be back sometimes afterward.