Korto Momolu Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on October 05, 2012

Because we made her cry; because so many of you have been asking, and because it’s a nice little collection of looks that would work on a range of ladies, we present to you the Korto Momolu Spring 2013 collection.



Whether Joe Zee’s tutelage is responsible for it or not, there’s no question that Korto’s work here is refined and simplified in a way that’s very appealing and highly wearable. Those of you who said you’d kill to wear one of her pieces can head on over to her site and start pestering her about where and how you can buy these looks.


[Photo Credit: kortomomolu.com]

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  • Elias Pineda

    u should review viktor lunas collection   i like it a lot

  • Love the black suit with the yellow belt. Very sharp. 

    • ShivaDiva

      Agreed!  Somehow even the Gumby legs are very cool.

    • I so want that jacket and the first yellow dress in the third row and the cool top in the first photo. Definitely a covetable collection! 

    • charlotte

       Now we just have to wait for Evan Rachel Wood to WERQ it.

      • Ooo, good call. Or maybe add an astronaut helmet or something and give it to Swinton. 

      • quiltrx

        Where IS our ERW?  I was thinking not long ago that she hadn’t graced us with her fabulosity in a while.

    • imspinningaround

      Me too. And the pop of the red from the shoes peeking out of the pants?  Fresh to death.

    • joything

      Me too.  Even though the belt will disappear under my boobs & belly when I sit down, I want that look.  I am burning it into my memory.

  • ChaCha_70

    Love this. Lots of looks that I’d like for myself. Love her too. Also, her model is gorgeous!

    •  These clothes are not for me but the model is stunning! And I love how her hair kind of nods to Korto’s head-wraps.

  • Black dress, 2nd from left, bottom row.  TO DIE.

    • I want that dress to be mine. Love it. I wonder if she’s making her clothing in a larger range of sizes, since she wants to reach “real women”. I’m tired of designers who think that a size 12 is extra-large.

      •  Oh honey… I’m tired of size issues with designers in general.  Size clothing to the sizes it looks good, and nothing else. 

        And it makes it so hard to convince women to wear things that would really look great on them because they buy into the craziness of fashion retail — I tried to convince a friend who is fabulously statuesque – 5’8″ and wears very high heels on top of it, and a 16/18, but with a body that will never be lower than a 14, so she’s just built really powerfully – to go full disco queen awesomeness for a party coming up and she’s shying away from it because she doesn’t think she can pull it off.  “Oh you have to be thin to wear sequins.” Um, who the fuck told you that lie?!?  “Oh, you have to be in great shape to do something that attention-seeking”  No, you have to be that comfortable with attention and you were a theater major with a voice that carries over state lines!  You’re never going to be quiet or tiny so embrace the big and the loud babe! 

        Having been from a 10 to a 20 and back down to an 8 again and fabulous the whole damn time, I have lost all patience with the sizist crap.

        •  “Having been from a 10 to a 20 and back down to an 8 again and fabulous the whole damn time, I have lost all patience with the sizist crap.” – I think I love you!

  • Kate4queen

    Top picture, multicolored blouse/jacket-calling it!

    • Maybe she could make more than one. Otherwise we have to share custody.

      • PinkLemon


  • SpcilK

    Good for her..it’s a really nice collection and the model is selling the shit out of it.

  • I’m in love with that model.  AND that jumpsuit in the bottom row left!!  OMG.

    • I know, right?! And I usually hate jumpsuits!

      • Seriously!  I can’t believe I like it.  Hell, I LOVE it.  It’s beautiful.

    • I can’t believe how good that jumpsuit is. I too hate jumpsuits but that one is just works. Except for having to pee every 5 minutes. I’d be less loving it then.

  • Wow, love all these looks!

  • I love these, especially that yellow wrappy-type dress.  I’m a curvy girl and I love a good wrap dress.
    On a side note, Korto designed the uniforms and accessories for the new art museum in my town (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art) and I actually put in an application just so I could say, “Yeah, well MY work uniform is a Korto original.”  They sell her scarves in the museum store and they’re gorge!

    • Synnamin

       oh, cool! A friend of mine is one of the education technology managers there. I’ll have to ask her about it.

      • Such a small world!  🙂
        It’s one of my happy places, I can’t even count how many times we’ve visited since it opened 11 months ago.  I wish they had hired me, alas, I have no art background.  Funny how they ask that of people working with art, huh?

    • MilaXX


    •  Every woman looks good in a wrap dress — change up a few details and it can work for anyone.  I get really annoyed with anyone who tries to minimize DvF in my presence (and there are crazy people who do) because if I could design something that amazing, I would work that item for the rest of my life too!

  • Qitkat

    I wish I could say I love these cause I adore Korto, but they would not work on my body, although I like the first top (it’s a really pretty print), even though I think the side drape is too long, and I also like the raffia peplum jacket. 

    However I’m still thrilled that I treated myself to a piece of her unique jewelry, a chunky floral necklace, a few years back. It always makes me feel special to wear it.

  • PeaceBang

    Nice. And I don’t loathe the peplums! 

    • megohd

      Yes! I was just thinking, those are peplums I can live with.

  • Third row, far right. It has a very nifty “window into the soul” effect…  Love it not in spite of the fact that it looks like the curtains are being pulled back for the tits… but _because_ the curtains are being pulled back for the tits.

  • It’s a beautiful line.  The style is within the reach of being wearable, to some extent, for everyday evenings, if not office.  And her style is really womanly, as opposed to hipster-girly.  People from Zooey Deschanel to Zoe Kravitz to Kate Winslet to Jennifer Hudson would look rock a lot of these looks.  I am 29, and these are the sorts of clothes I want to transition into now after a decade of post-90s nostagia, floral print dresses, cable knit cardies and converse.  

  • S. Jenna Lutz

    Seriously… underwhelming.

    To me, everything is either “Meh, I can buy it at Target or Macy’s already (Black tank with a pair of black high waisted skinnies. Not exactly brave new ground there.) OR completely not what I would associate with Korto. On PR, she designed clothes that looked like they would be awesome on non-model bodies. Maybe it’s just a trend I’m not aware of, or I’m missing something- but when did creating the illusion that your waist is 3 or 4 inches above where it actually sits become a thing? I have worked as a costumer, sew most of my own clothes, as well as sew for others… and there really are few women who’s hips are merely a handwidth away from your bra band. They aren’t hideous, but they also aren’t anything I’m going to regret not having in my wardrobe. Which is too bad, because I loved her work before. Yeah, most of her things required editing (as well as her color palette pretty much the polar opposite of what works on someone as pasty as I am) but it just looks… generic now.

    And don’t feel bad for making her cry. Maybe it was all the editing of the shows she has been on, but the way she whines and tosses micro-tantrums seemingly every 5 minutes just makes my skin itch.

    • Kayceed

      Those peplums jumped out at me – starting up so high and ending at the high hip. I think one would need to be quite slender and long-torsoed to even consider them.

    • kimmeister

      Creating a waist higher than the natural waistline is a big thing on What Not to Wear.

      • S. Jenna Lutz

        Yet more proof that as far as understanding trends as well as working WITH currents trends go… I’m utterly useless. As well as having a total and complete lack of comprehension over how folks agree to be on that show. Do other women honestly ~enjoy~ being publicly ridiculed in every facet of their style and appearance? Not only would I be pissed… I’d likely do a complete flushing of every supposed ‘friend’ who had set me up for it.

    •  There are a lot of us whose natural waist is not that far down — I know quite a few who are their narrowest very shortly below the bust. 

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    They don’t make PR contestants like her anymore. 🙁

  • MissAnnieRN

    Love the black pants with the grey band.  Love the Red and white dress, very interesting hem, photographs well, wonder what it would look like in real life.

  • Wellworn

    She really knows how to design for a woman’s shape.  Nice variety, lots of wearable pieces that I would love to wear, if I had the money.  Too bad Leanne was in her season, otherwise she would and should have won.

    • Qitkat

      What has happened to Leanne anyway? Haven’t heard about her in ages. I loved their season, and the fact that I was so torn about whom I wanted to win (I finally chose Leanne). Imagine that, being thrilled for either of the top two to win. 

      • Wellworn

        I agree, that was a good season.  Leanne’s final collection was such a showstopper, but maybe not very wearable.  Korto had a beautiful show too, I loved those fans and the colors.  I would have been happy with either one.  I haven’t seen Leanne’s work lately either, and hope that she wasn’t a one trick pony.  Nice to see Korto doing well, thanks to Joe Zee and TLo!   I don’t remember who was in 3rd place that year…snicker snicker.

      • hoez

        Leanne’s been doing a lot of bridal since her season and has shown at NYFW just about every season after the show, just not in the tents. To name a few collections, she had a collection inspired by fonts soon after her win and more recently one inspired by cabbages. Glaciers in another year. 😛 Seeing as how she is able to put out a new collection pretty often, she’s probably pretty well off. The clothes can get a little noodly though. If not noodly, then handkerchief-y or Etsy-y? But that’s just her style I think.

        She seems to have been doing well between her Etsy sales, bridal orders which seem to take most of her time, and fittings with Paula Abdul (random loool.) You can keep up with her at http://petalsandwaves.blogspot.com.

        • Qitkat

          Thanks hoez for the update. I’m happy for her that she’s doing so well. A sweet talented woman in a cut-throat business cheers me up. I’ll set aside some time for looking over her charming blog and sussing out her fashion evolution.

  • mjude

    thanks tlo. i love the collection!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I love that first pair of straight black pants. If the wide-leg pair has the same detail with the gray at the waist and the pockets, I might save my pennies for a pair. Perfect work pants. The lines on that double-sleeve dress are so pretty, hoping for a colorway other than orange.

    A nice, solid collection. Supremely wearable with enough unique touches to be worth seeking them out over similar pieces. 

  • mhleta

    The LBD!! Love it!

  • BrooklynBomber

    Very nice. Definitely a few pieces I’d like to try on.

    • MilaXX

       I know! I’m really hoping the Neiman’s here gets her stuff.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Damn. No Neiman’s in NYC. 🙁

  • kaycem

    the red and cream belted dress is FAB.  i’m also loving basically all the pants, the colors (of course), and the overall mood.  brava, korto.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      That cream and red dress is my personal fav, along with that first blouse/top.

  • nancylee61

    I really love that first shirt!! I think these clothes are lovely and real for real women.

  • The multi-colored top with the white pants is a KILLA look. The whole collection is definitely wearable, and by different types of women. Well done, Korto!

  • I like the first outfit, the rest doesn’t thrill me. 

  • mmc2315

    I feel like I’m trying to make myself like this collection more than I actually do.  I guess that’s because I believe in Korto’s potential?  It’s just not working for my taste in clothes or style.  My favorite is the yellow sheath dress we all want to see on Michelle Obama.  

  • Judy_J

    Nice collection.  Very wearable and fashionable.  Is this the line she’s doing for Neiman’s?

  • very nice. love the print, and LOVE the asymetrical yellow dress.

  • Kristy Evans

    OBSESSED with that red and white color block dress. WANT WANT WANT

  • *starts round of applause* very nice.

  • MintaHallWriter

    very cute!  She even redeemed that gray dress with the yellow stripe by making it a jacket. 

    Nicely done!!

  • kolokOlchik

    I like that dress with the boob curtains.  Although now that I’ve written “boob curtains”, I am rethinking my fondness for this dress.

  • Am I the only one who thinks the model’s feet look like they are on the wrong legs?  The clothes are lovely but that’s all I can see.  

  • PastryGoddess

    She is a stubborn one isn’t she.  I mean that in a nice way.  That extra fabric swoop is still there, as is that separates outfit with the pop of yellow.

    Collection looks great and I hope this is what’s going to be in Neiman’s this spring

  • i wanted to see more of her prints – they are FABULOUS. but all of this is pretty great.

  • lalagigi

    I really want to like this collection, but it is so drab. The one print Korto used is fabulous. I would have like to see more of that.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Beautiful, simple and sharp. Exactly how I like my fashion. 

  • VRuss

    I want that little yellow dress… So pretty! Some of the looks are very nice.

  • The red and white dress is gorgeous. And I love that rainbow fabric.

  • RocknLox


  • MoHub

    Want it all!

  • snarkykitten

    none of it would look good on me, but it all looks fabulous 

    • Melvis Velour

      I don’t think this would work on any woman who’s bigger than a size 3 or can give Jane Russell a run for her money…

      • Qitkat

        Which makes me sad because I think she understands dressing a big woman’s body with taste and sophistication.

        • Melvis Velour

          I was thinking the same thing when I typed that comment (I had my delicate – well, as delicate as you can get when you’ve got hairy size 12 feet – ankles and channelling my inner Richard Diamond’s secretary).  It was sort of a sellout to keep the buyers happy who don’t give a toss about real women.

  • kimmeister

    A ton of great pieces here.  That second peplum top, the beige one with sort of a mandarin collar, has too much peplum in the front though.  That’s just a weird place to add volume.

    Kind of cute how she styled the model’s hair to look like one of her head wraps!

  • random_poster

    Everyone must be hitting the link to get onto her site.  It’s terribly slow and the collection won’t even display. 🙁

  • minnye

    A couple of the dresses are really cute, but I LOVE the second to last outfit w/ the skinny yellow belt… is it too early to write a letter to Santa?

  • jmorino08

    Kind of blah if you ask me!

  • Trisha26

    The black top with the short sleeves and the beige dress under it are total misses. Otherwise, very nice (except for the peplums).

  • sk8tfan

    I wish she’d used more prints; I adore the little printed dress. The jacket looks like  someone tied their bathrobe back together in too much of a rush after an afternoon quickie, but I love the print itself. She needs a bit of editing, but I love a number of her selections

  • MilaXX

    I seriously want that yellow swoop dress & maybe that first print top. Heading over to her site now.

  • I’d rock everything in this collection. LOVE.

  • ambimom

    I loved Korto when she was on Project Runway and always believed she “wuz robbed” of the win.  I think you were a bit tough on her when Joe Zee brought you to her studio, but this collection certainly shows that she deserves the second look you’re giving her!  Good for you, and good for her!  Much success Korto!

  • Zippypie

    Not feeling these.  I mean, they are “nice” and “wearable” but not the Korto I remember from PR that made that awesome seatbelt coat or those gorgeous turquoise and green gowns in her final collection.  Somehow there is little Korto here – too homogenized.  But I do hope she sells and does well.  She deserves it.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      ibid. very good.

      i like it a little more but not as much as i’d hoped. otoh, that also may be for two reasons: 1/ i usually dress wilder than this, were i still working in an office i might appreciate it more; &, 2/ where is the grey dress? the first grey dress in yr screenshots. the really long, maybe restoration era-ish* dress? cos i would maybe buy that dress. it wouldnt look good on me–it’s for someone very tall & thin, which is certainly not myself–but it’s a piece of art. anyway.

      *thats the closest i can get off the top of my head. it’s close, but i think it’s even older. only, yet again, i have to go lie down cos i dont feel well enough to sit up. i will in a couple of hours. i will FORCE myself in a couple of hours. i do this all the time. but until then, maybe somebody else can do better than restoration.

  • Call me Bee

    Refined is the perfect word.  It’s funny–while I certainly remember Korto on her PR season, and, of course, the famous seatbelt coat, but I don’t remember her having a really strong point of view.  And I think that’s what her problem was when Joe Zee met with her–her stuff was all over the place. 
    This collecion, however is elegant and restrained, and really a step toward maturity for Korto.  Beautiful! 
    But–where’s the MJ Blige dress??!?! 

  • frannyprof

    I like!

  • sashaychante

    Love that first top with the beautiful colors.  I would wear that anytime!

  • DCSheehan

    Wow. A strong collection. I wonder if she changed the fabric of the yellow band on that top because it looks less puckery than it did on the show.

    Love how she pulled that shoulder detail into other looks.

  • You two and Joe Zee must have worked magic with her, TLo!  This is really cohesive and beautiful.

    And I love that raffia jacket, I WANT THAT RAFFIA JACKET!  Come on, Korto, hand it over!

  • quiltrx

    I especially like the tailored blouses!  Too bad I’m not built for them, because they’re really lovely.  The dresses, as usual with Korto, are flattering and look comfortable.  And I love that splatter print.

  • Shannon Stewart

    You guys are such sweethearts — a lot of big shots (and 6 million officially qualifies you, as I was rewatching old episodes of this show the other day and they quoted Elle.com as only get 2 million:) would not be so forgiving:) 

    The collection looks fantastic.  I’ve never been a huge fan of Korto’s — hers was always work I WANTED to like, but just could never really get there for some reason.  My best friend, on the other hand, is incapable of hearing her name without going off on a completely crazy-hobo-with-apocalypse-sandwich-board rant about how totally robbed she was in S5 — Korto or LeeAnn’s names bring her to levels of anger that mean we can never allow her to seek public office because she must be kept far from launch codes.

  • she makes some great looking pants. 

  • lrhg

    Color-splash print dress? MINE.

  • Nice.  Love the red and white dress. 

  • Beautiful

  • librarygrrl64

    I don’t love every piece, but I continue to love her aesthetic. Yay, Korto!

  • kschwarting

    Love the dresses at the end of the second and third rows.