Korto Momolu | No Excuses, but Sometimes, Things Fall Apart (PR AllStars Season 3, Episode 4)
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No Excuses, but Sometimes, Things Fall Apart (PR AllStars Season 3, Episode 4)

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[dropcap type=”default”]Distanced[/dropcap] from her primary sources of love and inspiration on the third season of Project Runway AllStars: family and home and unable to fully execute her original vision for a “crafty” design, Fashion Designer and AllStars contestant Korto Momolu came face to face with the harsh reality of placing in the bottom three of Episode four’s “Keepin’ It Classy” challenge. Despite this undesirable placement, it was obvious to the judges and all that her overall result in this particular challenge was not indicative of Korto’s everyday genius, though it can be argued that the diligently-crafted design’s bodice could carry the day solo on any couture runway.

As I discussed this last episode with Korto though, I could sense her innate desire to always put her best foot forward in any situation, especially on the runway, and this latest “wake-up call” is exactly what she needed to boost her velocity and keep her grounded (focused) for the remainder. Though she has already designed some highly definable or true Korto-representative pieces in season three, this typically highly-disciplined designer feels as if she’s been “floating” through this experience for the most part.

And when Korto Momolu pumps up the volume, her designs are hands-down clear winners, like Project Runway Season five’s “unconventional challenge”, where Korto’s brilliance spawned a fabulous bell-sleeved evening coat completely fashioned with woven seat-belts (her thought process boggles my mind), which still ranks, according to Tom & Lorenzo, as the “best unconventional challenge design” ever. With talent, taste and execution clearly never in question since Korto’s debut PR season, I will let both designs do the talking, so you may fully understand that all designers have good days and bad days; and sometimes, despite one’s best efforts, things just fall apart.

[caption_image url=”http://www.kortomomolu.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/PicMonkey-Collage-episode4.jpg” width=”600″ height=”” title=”” lightbox=”false” crop=”c”]The Unconventional – PR Season 5 (left) and PR AllStars Season 3 (right) – Korto Momolu Designs[/caption_image]

But Korto has already picked up the pieces and charged herself to push through the tough moments with new energy and focus. Plus, she still has the strong support of family and friends, including some of her fellow PR AllStars contestants who reached out to help her and designer and friend Mychael Knight when they needed it the most. For me, it was a delight to see our designers working overtime to execute their respective visions under difficult parameters and then going the extra mile to lend a hand or some advice to another. It may bother some; I mean competition is competition, but for Korto, “Help is fine; and if someone needs it, you just have to do it…at the end of the day, it’s what nice people do.”

To view Season 3, Episode 4 “Keepin’ It Classy” of Project Runway All Stars, click here:  http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway-all-stars #PRAllStars #DesignerKorto #LikeKortoMomolu

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  • sandra patton | Nov 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    You will win this! You have never been one to make excuses on PR. I, again, say you should have won your first season! You’re a great designer… you have to know we are out here cheering you on!

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