We caught up over cocktails with celebrity designer and Project Runway alum Korto Momolu (CUT TOE) (MO MO LU) at last weekend's 'Clothes Encounter' hosted by Kerry-Ann Clarke at her Kerry manwomanhome boutique. The confident and vivacious designer -- with over two decades of experience in the fashion industry under her belt -- told SO that she was delighted to now boast a certified customer base here in Jamaica. It's no idle boast: her line went flying off the hangers.
What are you sipping today?
A nicely chilled Spumante.
What kind of day are you having?
I am having a great day. I'm able to show my work, my art and receive feedback from the customers.
Socialite or homebody?
I'm definitely a socialite.
Flats or stilettos?
Jeans or LBD?
What is your biggest turn-off?
A bad attitude.
What's in your handbag?
My make-up, cell phone, cash and earrings.
In one sentence, who is Korto Momolu?
What is your must-have accessory?
A Korto Momolu handbag.
What's your personal style?
My style is funky bohemian chic and will change in relation to the occasion I'm attending.
What's your idea of the ideal man?
He is someone that knows how to compromise and communicate.
What would be your perfect date?
Doing something we both love to do, without pretending, and enjoying each other's company.
Who does your hair?
Who does your nails?
Where is your ideal relaxation spot?
It would have to be on a beach on an island. I love listening to the waves while relaxing in the shade.
What is your latest obsession?
Sequins! I really love sequins right now.
What sparked your interest in fashion designing?
It is a God-given talent. I've always been a creative individual and He showed me the path and I followed.
When you are not working, where is the best place to find you?
At home in bed (laughs). I work really hard, but there are times when I must rest so I can continue to work.
What's in your car stereo/on your iPod?
Mary J Blige: My Life II, The Journey Continues...
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
To never be afraid to be myself at all times.
What do you think is your best character trait?
I'm easy to get along with.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Growing stronger personally and professionally and to have achieved all my dreams and watch my daughter Alyce achieving her dreams as well.
What projects are you currently working on?
I'm working on my next collection for the upcoming New York Fashion Week.