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Korto Momolu: The Woman Behind the ‘Urban Coup’ – A/W’14 Collection, NYC

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Fashion/Style Review by Ivy F. DeShield, The TasteMaker

Fashion Designer Korto Momolu has killer bones! And her A/W 2014 collection ‘Urban Coup’ is no exception. A well-honed silhouette is not a virgin achievement in fashion; yet, when a design frame meets the woman and edges past perfection, you have absolute poetry in motion.

An urban coup, an exercise or act of decisiveness or a brilliant, sudden and typically successful act, interprets precisely Designer Korto’s latest artistic vision reflecting the firm while still highly alluring nature of the modern woman. Korto’s refreshingly affective maneuver at New York Fashion Week – often a treacherous battle ground for many up and coming designers – set the mode for women’s approach to style in the months and possibly years ahead.

From the show’s onset, this designer’s atypical genius (to all but herself) overthrew the competition and the ‘avant-garde’, un-wearable aesthetic and spoke directly to the real women that live inside all real women. And women (and men) responded with enthusiastic roars of approval at the finale. There is something awkwardly awesome about expecting the unexpected, and Korto’s admirers have come to appreciate this sensation better than most.

From DJ Universe’s opening remix of sonic diva Madonna’s Vogue, an electrifying echo sounded starting with a sleeveless, olive drab A-line shift with draped collar, cinched with a striking gold fabric belt and accompanied by a handmade leather weekender tote from the ZAAF Collection. In a nutshell: Coolly-polished.

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A fabulous charcoal wrap coat struck a blow at the contemporary norm with tapered arms, a distressed leather belt tie and a wide sweep of buttery leather accenting the coat’s softly flared skirt. (Dibs on this one!)

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Up next, a wonderfully over-sized, cowl-necked shrug and fitted sweater skirt was definitely more than meets the eye, as was the model whose Veronica Lake-styled tresses and fierce lip in SheaMoisture ‘Elsa’ green (wet/dry eye shadow) bedazzled the guests.

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Without fail, Korto continued her subtle attack on the senses with drapes and folds that caressed each womanly figure with a knowing touch, only halting her approach to add power to feminine grace with show-stopping royal purples, the hue of choice for a commanding, military-inspired coat that Mata Hari, herself, would have been proud to don.


The ‘Urban Coup’ collection’s presentation was a masterful finish to the A/W 2014 season for Designer Korto Momolu.  The collection is one she is proud of as a designer, an artist, because it was clearly inspired by the natural woman in all of her many phases from powerhouse to temptress to the girl next door. And it encourages this same woman to embrace her many selves, gathering all of her beauty and strength to trump the disbelievers, and proclaim in victory, “I am woman. I am woman; and in all things, great and small, I am still this woman. And she is loved.”

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