FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Designer Korto Momolu Brings Her Newest Collection to Africa Fashion Week NY—The Collection Is As Sophisticated As—If Not Better Than, Her Works On The TV Show.
New York, NY-June 2012- Korto Momolu will present her collection at Africa Fashion Week New York, Saturday, July 14th. AFWNY, produced by Adirée, will take place July 12th, 13th, and 14th at the Broad Street Ballroom in New York’s Financial District.
Korto Momolu, the Liberian-born designer came onto the fashion scene as a breakout start of Project Runway’s Season 5 and ever since then, she kept surprising the fashion industry with better works. Now the designer is gearing up to showcase her latest and greatest designs at Africa Fashion Week NY. Drawing from her African roots, Korto infuses tribal details into her classic designs. Inspired by rich fabrics and textures, Momolu’s designs are intended for real, full-figured women.
“You can see her multiple influences at work in her garments. The prints and silhouettes are evocative of West Africa; and there is usually a juxtaposition of some glamorous element, [such as] sequins against a more natural fabric or cut.” –Brew Hammond, author and blogger, said of Momolu’s design approach.
AFWNY includes runway shows hosting 21+ designers from various countries in Africa and those of the African Diaspora, exhibitions, and industry networking events. Opening designers Francis Hendy, Korto Momolu, and designers like Mafi, Attolle Collection, Geraldo Fashions and others will showcase.
About Korto Momolu:
Korto Momolu (Former Project Runway Star, 5th Season) infuses tribal details into her designs, owing to her African roots. Motivated by rich fabrics and textures, her designs are truly ideal for real, full-figured women.
Adirée, based in NYC, NY, focuses on event production, organization, and consulting for small to medium size clients in the areas of Fashion, Art, and Culture.
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DESIGNER SUAKOKO BETTY FASHION VIDEO FROM AFRICA FASHION WEEK IN NY 2011
Adirée launches AFWNY 2011 designer videos in anticipation for AFWNY 2012
What: Africa Fashion Week in New York (AFWNY) 2011 designer video release: Suakoko Betty
Suakoko Betty by designer Charlene Bendu Dunbar was launched in 2007. It transforms authentic West African wax and resist-dye prints into dresses and separates that are flattering and current. Charlene Dunbar, a native of Monrovia, Liberia came to the States at a young age, so with her designs she draws from both traditional African and American influences.
Who: Adirée, producer of (AFWNY) showcases luxury and mass African-owned fashion brands through runway shows, exhibitions- and now videos. AFWNY includes runway shows hosting 21+ designers from various countries in Africa and those of the African Diaspora, exhibitions, and industry networking events. Representing various countries in Africa, many designers from Africa creatively highlight personal culture within their designs-with or without the use of African prints.
Why: In anticipation for AFWNY 2012 (July 12 -18), every month beginning January 2012, Adirée releases individual designer videos from 2011’s showcase of Africa Fashion Week in New York.
When: Designers who will showcase in 2012 will showcase on July 12th, 13th, 14th 2012.
Where: AFWNY 2012 is located in NYC’s financial district at 41 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004.
Funlayo Deri is a label owned by Creative Director Funmilayo Csilla Deri, a Nigerian born, London/Budapest based fashion designer. Deri showcased her collection called “Labour of Love” on Saturday July 16, 2011. Her pieces are luxurious and wearable while celebrating the female form and emphasizing curves. Funlayo Deri women are confident and sophisticated― with refined taste.
Deri’s aesthetic is influenced by her cultural experiences and exposure. “I also believe that clothes should be glamorous but not taken excessively serious,” says Deri.
Designer Funmilayo Csilla Deri (Nigeria)
Season Smith-Wesley started out jewelry making as a hobby, and a stress reliever like many designers who are just starting out do. She had been making jewelry by hand and giving it as gifts for some time and with the support of her family and friends to start selling it, she looked further into the business venture. She took a jewelry making class at a local craft store on a whim one day and from that point on has been creating gorgeous beaded necklaces and bracelets that will have people asking where you got that amazing piece from. She knew that being at her desk job didn’t let her true inner creativity and her interest in fashion shine, so AdAl Jewelry Designs was born. A lot of colors are used in her designs and draws inspiration from her Liberian heritage. She was always attracted to traditional African fabrics and textures, and her jewelry is her translation of these styles into wearable art. Smith-Wesley has stated that she knows her designs aren’t for everyone, she says her best customers are ladies who “don’t like to play it safe,” she says. “They want to make a bold statement.” Not only does she make beautiful fashion statements, but a portion of her proceeds go to the non-profit charity, Autism Speaks. After her son was diagnosed with the disease, jewelry making became an outlet for her stress with dealing with the demands of the disorder, so this is her way to give back and help bring awareness to the cause.
Source: Try Handmade
AFWNY designer Korto Momolu was interviewed by CNN International about going back to Africa after 23 years. She is working on projects to give back to her home country of Liberia, and discusses the emotions that come with everything surrounding the trip. Watch the video and hear her story.