Rainbow Town Shines at NY Fashion Week
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.