Wednesday, February 29, 2012
NYFW Presentation: Korto Momolu Fall 2012
In the midst of NYFW I had a chance to see Korto Momolu's presentation at the Bryant Park Hotel's Cellar Bar. Upon my arrival, the venue was jumping with a scene as guests grabbed drinks and enjoyed lounging as music played. I had to maneuver my way around the crowds to see the clothes that were on models perched on pedestals throughout the room. The collection entitled Monaco was inspired by jet set glamorous icons like Bridget Bardot and Grace Kelly.
Black, Gold, Champagne and Pewter comprised the primary color story while occasionally a vibrant pop of canary yellow woke things up. Fabrications were in charmeuse, lace, brocade and metallic menswear adding a soft sheen of luxury throughout the collection. My favorite pieces were the elongated silhouettes that brought to mind the ease of 70s Halston. The champagne maxi dress with the bateau neck was a particular favorite.
Some of the shorter flared skirts looked out of place and didn't seem like they sat with the collection. They felt a little bit too literally 80s - especially in the outfit with the sheer skirt and bra showing and the single glove.
Make-up was all about the smokey eye and sculpted cheekbone while hair was either pulled up into severe sculptural buns or styled short and brushed out.
While there were plenty of beautiful elements to the collection, the venue and slightly heavy-handed styling were distractions. Overall though there were many wearable pieces that a woman who loved understated glamor would crave.