While in NY for Fashion Week, Rainbow Town Art spends an evening in Times Square!
Rainbow Town recently teamed up with Designer Korto Momolu at NY Fashion Week! We previously posted a full blog entry with photos & info. BUT NOW, the video!
Video by: Will Roberts, Sound & Edit by: Lauren Selmon Roberts
It’s a Sunday evening in New York City and inside Skylight West – a venue located just steps from Times Square – Fashion Week is in full effect. International designer Korto Momolu debuts her Spring 2011 Collection.
In attendance is model Tyson Beckford, and a handful of other recognizable faces, including numerous contestants from “Project Runway,” Kwame Jackson from “The Apprentice,” and Miss Liberia USA Mahja D. Zeon. When the bright lights flash on and the music turns up, the crowd quiets down and the show begins.
The collection is full of beautiful, bold, high fashion surprises, one of which is a bright blue Rainbow Town t-shirt! Rainbow Town is an orphanage in Bong County, Liberia, a county that borders Lofa County, which is where Korto’s family is originally from.
In addition to one of her main models sporting a Rainbow Town t-shirt, Rainbow Town Art speckles a variety of places around the venue. Also, the first three rows of guests receive a Rainbow Town goodie bag and VIP Rainbow Town bags are hand-delivered by Liberian children to celebrities.
Korto (pronounced Cut • Toe) spent her early years in Liberia and understands the challenges associated with growing up there. The children at Rainbow Town live on far less than a dollar a day and access to basic necessities such as food, health, and education is limited.
By including Rainbow Town in her show, Korto creatively uses her fashion platform to give a platform to children back home in Liberia.
Name: Richard Flomo
This weekend, Rainbow Town Art teams up with designer Korto Momolu at New York Fashion Week.
The one-of-a-kind Rainbow Town painting exhibit will be on display during the showing of Korto’s Spring Collection on September 12th. The first three rows of guests will receive a Rainbow Town bag full of all sorts of Rainbow Town fun!
You likely know Korto from Season 5 of Project Runway. She is from Liberia but left in 1990 due to the war.
Her work is now known internationally, but she remains influenced by her West African roots and regularly uses her talents for humanitarian causes.
This year, she shared her incredible success story at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which is where she met Rainbow Town Director Lauren Selmon Roberts.
To follow the Rainbow Town crew on twitter this weekend, click here.
For more on Korto and her work, click here.