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New York Fashion Week: Korto Momolu & Mataano Twins!! Part Two

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Our coverage of New York Fashion Week contintues with our Guest Fashion Contributor, Demi Ajayi….

Next up was Ms. Korto Molomu. One word: Fabulous!

I loved the juxtaposition of these two sets of designers; While Mataano chose a brighter palette and effortless chic look, Korto Molomu was all about the drama, tapping into darker autumn colors in the clothing, smokey eyes from the Eye-Con Kit,  bold jewelry and romantic buns and bouffant styled by Tigi Hair Collection .

Beauty in motion was what we got with her collection of well draped pieces floating down the runway. These Kimono-inspired dresses are all about accentuating the feminine form in all its glory.  Her collection definitely resonated with the crowd who erupted on several occasions as the models posed. She’s working on getting her clothes online and in stores ( buyers from Macy’s and Bloomingdales were in attendance) so ladies look out!

Check out the collection, and peep the crowd pleasers below.

It was refreshing to see these African designers who’ve shared a similar journey come together to showcase their stellar work at this moment. For Korto, the journey begins in her birthplace Liberia. Due to civil war, her family fled to Canada where she  attended L’Academies des Couturiers Design Institute in Ottawa, Ontario, and later in the U.S Parsons School of Design.

Honing her craft, Korto launched her brand: Korto Momolu in 2008, garnering critical acclaim and recognition. Korto Momolu’s launch came on the heels of her successful showing at Fashion Week 2008 at Bryant Park for Project Runway where she finished as Runner up and Fan Favorite.

These designers (Korto Momolu & Mataano Twins) have also come full circle with their first journey back to Africa since their exile. The Mohallim twins, premiered at African Fashion Week in South Africa in 2010, and Korto went back to Liberia this summer (after 23 years!).

We congratulate these women of style & substance and look forward to more of their work!

Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with the engaging Korto Momolu.

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