Korto: Olympic Glory

Korto Momolu-Briggs' tips to a successful "Olympic" win!

1. What was your inspiration for your Olympic look? How did you decide on the pants and the silhouette?
The inspiration for my look was staying true to my classic funky motto. I love a classic cut garment - something simple, with a little twist. The pants were different, but would be comfy to wear for the occasion. I felt the look was the best choice for a garment that would need to be adjusted for a men's look. If I was an athlete, I would love to wear the garment I created. I would wear it after the event, because it's a chic outfit.

2. What was the key to success in this particular challenge?
The most important thing was to put yourself in the athlete's shoes. What you would like to wear? What you would feel comfortable in? And what would best represent the country during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games?

3. Have you ever watched the Olympic opening ceremony?
Actually, I always watch the opening ceremonies. I love seeing all the countries, especially if Liberia is represented. I get really excited.

4. What did you think of having an actual Olympian, Apolo Ohno, as guest judge? I thought it was great to have Apolo Ohno, because he was who we were designing for. His opinion was valued and he knew what he would have liked to wear. I'm glad he liked mine!

5. What did you think of the garments created by the other designers?
Terri's was great. I thought Jennifer's outfit wasn't as bad as it was projected to be.

6. Several of your fellow designers seemed to go back in time. Why did you make the decision to keep your design modern?
I have a thing about staying in the present and leaving the past in the past. I love 2008, I'm glad to be here and I want design to represent our time. These days there are so many references to the past that it's hard to define the style of the 2000s. The 80s, 70s, and 60s all have specific looks that define that era, and we keep revisiting the fashion trends of those times.

7. How did it feel to win your first elimination challenge?
IT WAS GREAT TO WIN - especially after being in the bottom three last week. The win boosted my confidence and threw me back into the game full speed. So YEEEEAAAAH Korto!

The Real Winner

No doubt about this years Project Runway 5 winner!

Just a heads up that my book Fashion Inside Out is almost upon us! Though I've heard places are starting to ship it out, the official release date is on 10/28, so mark your calendars! I'm heading out on a book tour to celebrate with you all, so be sure to check my website for details on times, dates and locations: www.danielvosovic.net. After a year and a half in the works it would be delightful to see all of your supporting faces!

But NOW, it's down to business! PR5 has finally come to an end. I hope after a week of digesting we've all be able to form clear-headed opinions about who we really thought was the winner.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I hands down think it should have been Leanne, but what did you think? Tightly edited, unique and comparable to no one, I think she did an excellent job of taking her inspiration and running it cohesively through each and every piece she sent down the runway. Unlike some of the other designers, Leanne's work is both subtle and intricate, and I applaud her to no end for being able to successfully straddle that fine line, especially at exactly the right time. Korto and Kenley both showed very nice collections, but I do think that Leanne was the one who had the whole package. Korto's sense of color and proportion are excellent, and the way she styled the looks was just intoxicating - the high buns, dewy skin, and fluttering fans - she certainly infused a lot of "earthy sexiness" into it. That being said, you take away all of the extras and we're left with clothing that didn't quite stand up to Leanne's more intricate work.

To me, watching Kenley's show was like watching your friend go into her glamorous closet, and parade out to see if the look is a "keeper" or a "throwaway." Although it was filled with definite highlights and interesting (sometimes costume-like) elements, I just didn't feel that it was a cohesive collection. One of the highlights for me was the green silk dress with the ballooned shoulders - I just thought it was a chic, well made, and truly stunning look.

All in all, these designers will find work and hopefully create stunning collections in the future. Congratulations to them all for coming this far and a HUGE congratulations to Leanne for the win! I'll see you in NYC sweetheart!

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