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.
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.