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Note from Korto



"Hey guys,

Just wanted you to tell your readers that I did hug and kiss Daniel prior to leaving the stage...(feel free to ask him)....it was edited out (and why wouldn't I?). I guess it didn't fit the whiney, "woe is me" look they were going for my character this go around. I was asked what felt like a million times, if I felt like I should have won and you know what? I said yes a million times and they played it a million times. Sorry I will never say I should have lost...never! Nor will I say I wasn't deserving.

We were all deserving and we all felt individually that we should have won, and I'm no exception to that. As for the attitude, gimme a break. people have no idea what it's like in that interview room. I felt like they were pushing for me to cry in the end, I wasn't interested....an hour later the attitude was hard to mask. Being asked over and over "Did you think you were gonna win, did you deserve to win? Why do you think you didn't win?" So my answer was " I don't know? Maybe I'm just the #2 girl on Project Runway."

Who knows why I didn't win and at this stage in my life after it's all said and done...who cares? I love Daniel and Leanne both, we are friends, I support them in all they've done and continue to do and vice versa. There is no drama and will never be, anyone who really knows me knows that's the truth. Project Runway is behind me, I gave it a go, it didn't work out the way I wanted. I've been blessed with so much because of the show and I am very grateful.

Finally, I thank all my fans that have stuck by me, and continue to support me. Continue to check out www.kortomomolu.com for updates on all my future projects!

Korto

P.S. Yes, I do smile lol. I just don't do it skipping around all day : )"


[Photo: Courtesy of Korto Momolu]



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Korto, you are above these mind games and politics at Project Runway! You'll always be #1 with me.


Please, I used to really like Korto, but I could smell the attitude seeping off of her through my TV screen. IIRC, she ROLLED HER EYES when they said Daniel won.


Korto, we love you and you do have a beautiful smile. We know how they play with editing.


Very tacky to trash Leanne the way she did. Clearly she's trying some damage control here. Normally, nobody knows or cares how designers act. But PR designers are in an odd place. Very few of them have really been that successful in the design world. Their potential for success lies in their ability to appeal to PR fans, who will buy their products and turn out at their public appearances. So coming across as "likeable" and "appealing" is important for PR designers in a way it isn't for others. Most of them have to rely on their status as reality tv stars rather than their design chops. So she probably realizes she's stepped in it. Good luck getting out.


The one who really was wronged was Uli but she didn't act like a total beyotch.


Great job, Korto. I really enjoyed your work both times on PR, and I look forward to following your career trajectory moving forward!


Right On, gorgeous Korto!
There are ways to playing the game w/out becoming someone other than your true self. Your integrity showed regardless of the producer's attempted manipulation.
MJ may not have known you when he wrote "Liberian Girl" but the lyrics certainly fit!
Pls sell your PR Allstar creations, I'll be 1st in line!


Go get 'em Korto!!

--GothamTomato


Does anyone know where she is selling her handbags? I did not see them on her website.

Thx.


What is with all the tension in these comments? It really isn't necessary. It's great to be supportive but it's uneccesary to think that everyone else's opinion that doesn't agree with yours is stupid. Every designer has supporters and every designer has haters. Everyone should just accept it and move on. She's going to continue to do her job regardless of what most people think about her attitude on the show.


Sandra Dee, she said they'll be at Dillard's (and probably on her site) in January in the note she wrote at Lifetime.com. Hope that helps!


Stinks for Korto that someone had to be the angry one (that's just how reality competition shows work) and Angry Little Peanut had apparently taken some sort of angry inhibitor :-P.


Korto,
You don't have to explain anything. Some people will believe what the TV tells them no matter what. Carnival games are rigged , you can't win them. You can't win PR in less it's in the script.
Best of luck for your future. Maybe I'll stop by your shop in Arkansas some time when I'm on my way to Texas.
Love from Sewing Siren


Sandra Dee said...

Does anyone know where she is selling her handbags? I did not see them on her website.

Thx.



As far we know, they're not available yet (She's launching her handbag line in 2010). We'll keep you posted.


XO
T Lo


Sorry but the producers can't put that venomous tone into your words, there had to be some real emotion behind it. Why not just admit you think your shit don't stink, that doesn't preclude you from being Leanne and/or Daniel's friend, it just makes you a bit pompous. Own it girl, and at least maybe we'll respect you for it.


I love me some Korto! As I said in the earlier post, I thought it was incredibly gracious of Korto to donate such a beautiful necklace, even knowing that she came in behind Daniel.

Plus, like Uli, she wuz robbed.


Ditto what sewing siren said...

Keep making beautiful stuff, that's all that matters.


Somewhere along the line I think I would have hauled off and decked the producers. I had a reporter do that to me once and I felt like an idiot saying the same answer over and over and over - not what she wanted to hear.


Korto, thank you for the note. Most people don't understand the power of editing. Best of luck to you!


Okay peeps, we've already had to delete a half-dozen comments. Learn to disagree without insulting the other commenters, please.


I have to echo Samantha's comments. Korto and other designers will have their supporters and detracters.

Did she come across as well as she could have-no. But I have always perceived that as more how she dealt with the more stressful moments of the show than her normal character.

I have to give her kudos for at least having the awareness of the situation and willingness to respond to it. It's more than a certain camera-whoring contestant from that night would likely do.

She sent a similar note to the BPR group but I find it amusing that her note to Tlo has a lot more sass to it than theirs.

No matter what I or any one lese thinks of her personally, the woman has talent and should be able to exploit the PR exposure to enhance her business. I wish her luck

Frank


I have mixed feelings about Korto's note.

I believe her that there are no hard feelings between the designers and that they are indeed all friends.

As to her behavior on the show, fine for her to say she was pushed into making some irritated comments under relentless questioning afterwards so that the show could weave them into a storyline. That she was pressed for an hour to get those irritated reaction comments does explain THEM. I'd be irritated too if somebody kept sticking a microphone in my face for an hour trying to force me to say how shitty I felt when all I wanted to do at that moment was go home and cry in frustration. Like waterboarding, I'd finally just say anything to get them to freaking stop.

But we saw what we saw during the judging portion. Rather than congratulating Daniel, the only words out of her mouth when she turned to hug Daniel were "Number two again." This was HIS moment of glory and she couldn't say any words of congratulation. And she did leave abruptly in the middle of Heidi's aufing, speaking right over her with "Always a bridesmaid." Moreover, when all the designers came back out to congratulate Daniel, she quickly squeezed right by him. And HE leaned over later to hug HER, while she appeared to be doing the eye rolling thing again. All this, the cameras caught -- and in real time, not in the "Let's get some juicy reaction comments" interview afterwards.

My impression is that she passionately believes in her talent (good - because she's got HUGE talent) but that she is extremely competitive and unfortunately let it show at a time when doing so made her appear ungracious. And I feel for her, I really do. But no matter how much you want it and think you deserve it, you've got to have the self-control to be a gracious loser -- at least on camera! Then go home and punch a pillow until the feathers fly out.

Sorry, not buying it.


Aw. Good luck to you, Korto.

It's good to learn that you've got to play-act every time a camera is on.

Nobody going through that ProjectRunway hell can hide what they're thinking but, as for words, just smile and keep repeating the old tropes:

I'm just so happy to be here with all these wonderful designers. It's been a lot of fun. The best man won.

Avoid the word "disappointed".

Ad nauseum.


Korto has always come across as more emotional than analytical. I think that's a strength of hers, especially in her designing, but every strength has its downside. Her behavior has never bothered me, except for the lack of smiling, and that only bothers me because she's so pretty when she smiles.

Anyway, Korto's gotten a lot of good exposure from PR, and I doubt that her career will suffer because a few people post mean comments about her on a website.


bitchybitchybitchy

Korto, just keep creating those beautiful clothes and accessories that celebrate women!

All the best to you!


I must add that I still want ALL of the jewlery she makes because it's just gorgeous.


Sandra Dee
8/26/09 2:02 PM Does anyone know where she is selling her handbags? I did not see them on her website.

Thx.
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How much are you willing to part with? Shopflick.com has Korto's incredible cowhide turquoise handbag (the one she was carrying into the reunion show) for $820. It's a show-stopping bag for less than you'd pay for one of those fancy, limited edition Birkins.

Or you can wait for the rest of the line, which will likely have more accessible price points.


Ditto Sewing Siren, Gorgeous
Things and Gotham T. Korto - you are and will continue to be one of the more influential designers to stop the madness of the size zero models - and help save some livesin the process. Your work, your home, and your family are beautiful. So thanks for coming back to us, and know the support for you is very strong.

8/26/09 2:30 PM


"gloria said...
Ditto Sewing Siren and Gorgeous"

triple ditto!

thanks for the note korto & please stay in touch with all of us here at TLO's!


I like your work, love your jewelry, but you really did have a major sourpuss on. You should know the editors are going to mess with you like that, and learn to keep your mouth closed. And to take away from Leanne, who many here think had a far better collection in your season, was just sour grapes.

And I, and many others, did not think you deserved to win this challenge either. Pretty dresses, but Chris and Uli were both much more innovative and interesting, and beautiful, than your collection was. Of course, this is all opinion, and everyone has one, so it doesn't count for much, but I just didn't like your sense of entitlement. You were up there with other VERY talented designers, and I guess you need to have confidence, but you SEEMED arrogant and condescending to the others.
You shouldn't have to tell everyone how great you are all of the time. You were a sore loser, and lost a lot of respect from me, and many other commenters I have read.


I think they were really pushing it with the editing on this one. I finally got to watch the all-stars episode and there wasn't a lot of natural drama, and I felt like the editors were grasping at straws given that they were committing a full season's prize to one episode.

It's especially clear from the editing of the final segment (watch Daniel V's hands) that the cuts aren't showing a linear chronological sequence. If Korto rolled her eyes at any point in the runway judging, it would have been edited in as the "reaction shot" to the announcement. It's pretty obvious that the editing team is trying to get their money's worth for the special, so I don't think that any manufactured drama that occurs in the special is a reflection on the character of any of the designers.

Except maybe Santino. He's eyeroll-worthy.


Damnit to hell ya'll, I cannot believe what I am reading here. Some people that made multiple attempts to win a free necklace are questioning the sincerity of Korto's letter. Now THAT is rude.

The show IS highly edited they have even made there ST. Tim into a liar with editing (Ricky's Levi Dress).
Korto donated a very fine one of a kind necklace to the readers of this site THAT is a real true thing that you can "judge" her personality by (if you must). I'm done.


You know what? I think I would have ripped some producers' heads off after being asked over and over and OVER if I thought I should have won. I am not a patient person, and that kind of repetitive nonsense just frosts my behind. I can understand how and where someone could end up with an attitude in that situation.


Two words: Damage Control.
Just like when Jeffrey shot off his mouth and lost the Bratz gig. Korto must have lost a client or is on the verge of it. They couldn't edit out all of the eye rolling and comments on the stage. She really came off as a sore loser. I really liked her collection for the all-star show, and based only on the clothes, I think she should have won, but she was nasty and negative. She said it was all in the editing, so if she knew she was going to be on TV and she knows from past experience how they edit things, then she should have done what Jeffrey did and shut her mouth. They can't shoot you without ammunition.


Korto referred to herself as the #2 Project Runway competitor. Whatevs. I only remembered her as someone in PR who did amazing dresses, amazing jewelry, and had some really fun, sassy attitude. And a sweet family. I understand her major desire to prove herself again and win. But honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if she were doing better than any of the other PR winners (save Christian "Princess Puffysleeves" Siriano). She makes good clothes and bling, she obviously has a market out there for it. Korto, honey, disregard the naysayers and keep on keepin' on.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Korto,

All I have to say is that if I was stuck in a workspace with Santino & Jeffrey for days on end, with producers asking me the same questions over and over while my work needs to be done, and forced to make something wearable out of things from a trashed restaurant - I'd be giving the comments section a whole lot more to snipe about than what we saw on our televisions a week ago. That's why I don't audition for reality TV programs. (Or maybe I should?)

I'm a fan, and wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors. You do great work, and I'm glad you took the opportunity to remind us of that by doing the All-Stars special.

Best of luck to you and your business!


Why do people honestly care that much. She's mad that she lost twice in a row. People don't have to be saints 100% of the time. Korto's attitude wasn't over the top, and it was obvious that it was the storyline the producers wanted.

If she's friends with leanne and Daniel and supportive of them, that's what matters. Not 30 seconds of highly edited television.


Daniel's collection looks exactly like the collection he presented at the beginning of the show.

That's beyond lame, and cannot believe the producers never saw it.


If you're going to subject yourself to the rigors of a "reality" tv contest show, be prepared to have your worst qualities magnified 1000X. Some people (Santino!) capitalize on that going in--probably as a defense mechanism and to anchor down a future meal ticket as the go-to guy for bitchery. Others get caught by surprise. Korto's edits were very favorable last season, so I can only imagine how disappointing it must have been to be shown talking more about almost winning than your design decisions.


Mariah said, "Sorry but the producers can't put that venomous tone into your words,"

Venomous. . .? That's not what I saw at all. She didn't skip around flinging daisies, but that's not her nature. She could have chosen to be entirely diplomatic, but she was hardly venomous.

I find her letter to us a bit defensive, but I imagine she's had it up to here with people assuming they know who she is and what she's thinking, and she just let it all hang out. Can't say I blame her, though for her own sake it might not have been the best idea.

I have no idea what the free necklace thing is about.


*marshal said "she ROLLED HER EYES when they said Daniel won."

I didn't see the show, but could have been an edit...


Brooklyn Bomber
8/26/09 3:16 PM
I have no idea what the free necklace thing is about.


Korto gave one of her necklaces as a gift for the first TLounge prize last week.

But I assume that whoever won that should give it back because of Korto's bad attitude, right?


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Korto, if I had any money, your clothing (and fabulous jewelry line!) would be the first of any Project Runway designer that I would buy. Please keep up the wonderful work!


Korto, you'll always be my girl! You're awesome!!

Trust me ... I'm always the bridesmaid and never the bride too w/ competitions (and for me, dating).

Love ya!!


Sewing Siren said...
Damnit to hell ya'll, I cannot believe what I am reading here. Some people that made multiple attempts to win a free necklace are questioning the sincerity of Korto's letter. Now THAT is rude.


Well, I knew nothing about a necklace giveaway, I was just stating my opinion. And I tried to not be rude.


Gotham Tomato said:
And some anon keeps trying to claim she's doing damage control, even going so far as to compare her to relentless, mysogynist bully Jeffrey. Oh please.

Actually anon was contrasting her to Jeffrey, and made a good point.

Anon at 2:52 said: "... if she knew she was going to be on TV and she knows from past experience how they edit things, then she should have done what Jeffrey did and shut her mouth. They can't shoot you without ammunition.


When Jeffrey saw what an ass Santino was being, he eased away and didn't participate. And, apparently, he didn't do or say anything controversial for the entire remainder of the episode, or you just know that the editors would have included it.

They can't shoot you without ammunition.

Says it all right there.


Korto, you are an amazing designer and a cool person. I always loved you in season 5 and your work keeps getting better. We know how PR edits the hell out of every situation, no need to explain!


I'm one of those who was really disgusted by her attitude in the All Stars show but knew that everything was edited.

I have no experience with how much it must suck to be judged by millions every time you make a mistake which, yes, I think she did. None of us are perfect. I don't know whether this is just damage control or if she truly believes what she said, but either way I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.


Korto you are my favorite PR designer of all. I love your aesthetic, that you design for non-model bodies, your color story. Your strength and integrity is icing on the cake to all that. There are those that will always hate a strong women. F**k the haters.


A good (unscrupulous) editor can make you say anything on camera.


I really think she's just doing damage control. I know they play with editing, but seriously, she was just being bitchy. When Daniel won, she rolled her eyes and said "of course". I never thought she was particularly warm, but my opinion of her dropped considerably after all stars. Love her designs still, though.


"Mouse said: When Jeffrey saw what an ass Santino was being, he eased away and didn't participate. And, apparently, he didn't do or say anything controversial for the entire remainder of the episode, or you just know that the editors would have included it."





Well, I don't know what they would have included or not. I've been told by more than one participant in his season that the editing was actually kind to him then. That he was actually much worse. As big an ass as he came across, and he was being edited kindly. He's also (admittedly) been very calculating about his PR appearances. Stupid and mysogynist, but calculating, and has a relative with a PR agency.

Korto, on the other hand, is NOT calculating. She just is herself. She's not a cheerleader, and she's not trying to be a manipulative reality show personality, playing games.

You cannot seriously compare Korto to Jeffrey (who has gone out of his was to be nasty; to bully and harrass). Korto never has. She's never been anything but nice to all of her competitors.

--GothamTomato


Ah, jeez, just give her a break everyone. I'm not going to say that she was really great and I love her and blame the judges, but I'm also not going to say she was totally pissed and is now just trying to reconcile it. She is human and it is impossible to know how much or how little of her attitude was due to editing. You would have to see the full tapes to understand how it really was and I am pretty sure none of you have access to it, so just give it a rest!! (both on blaming her and blaming the producers. Seriously.)


Gotham Tomato said: "You cannot seriously compare Korto to Jeffrey (who has gone out of his was to be nasty; to bully and harrass). Korto never has. She's never been anything but nice to all of her competitors."

--GothamTomato

8/26/09 3:46 PM

Gotham, I get that you hate Jeffrey as much as I like him. Your many posts trashing him have made that crystal clear. But it's really unfair to compare the Jeffrey of a few years ago to the Jeffrey in this particular episode. Korto was perfectly behaved before, Jeffrey certainly wasn't.

Fact is, in THIS particular program, Jeffrey shut up and just paid attention to business. He didn't give the editors anything inflammatory to work with.

Korto - who I agree is a true sweetie -- unfortunately did. Very bad luck for her.


If you're going to cry in the interview, cry and cut.


Magical is SO right.

So Korto came off not at her best on a reality TV show. Big whoop. She's neither the devil's spawn nor Mother Theresa. She makes very pretty clothing which the judges really like, but they like others better.

And Gotham, please don't make this about race.


PS At least she tried to do some damage control. In the history of PR, there are so many designers much worse than she that should have tried it.


Thought it might be in the editing. They always need to make a story out of it.

She's so talented I just want her to know it, feel it, and not need the validation from PR.


Sewing Siren
8/26/09 2:51 PM

"Damnit to hell ya'll, I cannot believe what I am reading here. Some people that made multiple attempts to win a free necklace are questioning the sincerity of Korto's letter. Now THAT is rude.

The show IS highly edited they have even made there ST. Tim into a liar with editing (Ricky's Levi Dress).
Korto donated a very fine one of a kind necklace to the readers of this site THAT is a real true thing that you can "judge" her personality by (if you must). I'm done."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You said it for me, S.S.


Korto, you're very talented, move on and create beautiful things. Thanks for stopping by.


Best luck, Korto! You're amazing!


dear god people!


I am sure some was real, some was editing. But as I've posted before - the judges kept telling her that her work was the best - all positive cmts - and not totally ignored Daniel's collections weaknesses, so a certain amount (much?) of attitdue/frustation was likely a result of the judging.

BTW did someone win the necklace? I don't think I saw anyone with all three Top AND all three in the bottom, correctly. I got quite far before I found any that had the top 3.


Thanks for explaining about the necklace, Anon.


Korto, I loved you showed some real feelings and give the same old teary schlock. I would have been very disappointed and it would have shown on my face and in my attitude.

At least she didn't sit and cry. She worked really hard and made great clothes and came in second for the second time. That's kinda crappy. Especially since the prize clearly went to to favorite and not the best. Not to dis on Daniel but if any other designer had sent that collection with that styling down the runway it would have gotten a very different reaction. His red carpet dress was great but the restaurant dress was laughable.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

Korto is a class act, thank you for the note, boys and Korto!


I'm sure there's a LOT we don't know that ends up on the cutting room floor.


Go Korto! Speak your mind, show your emotions, this is all BS.


I'd like to see most of you in the same situation and see how you would react. Easy to say when it's not your ass on the line.


Thank you, Korto, for telling us your side of the story :)


i'm not dorothy gale

All of us have been in situations where we felt we were wronged and did have a major attitude. We just didn't have cameras recording our every expression and word.

It's over. It's done. Korto, keep your chin up and create artful jewelry and clothing. You've been blessed with this gift. Share it, girl!


Korto was about 1000x nicer than I would have been. Rock it girl.


The "Project" in Project Runway is a noun, not a verb, people. We are all doing a fair amount of projecting what we believe to be the personalities of the contestants on the show.


My head is going to explode.

~Sewjourner


I like Korto's clothes and accessories...thanks for the note, girl. It's hard to keep your mouth shut under pressure sometimes, and I really believe that she got the bitch edit.

I think PR AllStars should get an Emmy for BEST DRAMA... at least due to the comments here :).


Perhaps the producers did some crappy editing, but they did have the material to work with.


LOVE you Korto!

And really, after a few days stressed out in a workroom with Santino? And producers poking over & over again? You came over just fine.


I think Korto's behavior toward Daniel and Leanne was pretty bad. She did come off as an ego hound in the show, and she did give them the ammo to do it. If you said it, you said it... She knows how PR works, and should have been wary - obviously Jeffrey was. He said something about being the guy that made someone's Mom cry. Obviously that has followed him, and perhaps not in the best way. What you do and say follows you.

Having said that Korto made an apology for her behavior. - was it a little half ass? Yes, but she made the attempt and I admire that.


Producers' manipulation, you guys should know that by now. Same thing with Santino not coming out to hug Daniel. God knows what really happened.


Two words: damage control


I absolutely believe that Korto was misrepresented and that the editors *chose* to show her as being whiny and entitled. And I'm not saying that because I thought she should have won, too - I'm saying it because reality shows will portray a person however they want, and the truth is rarely what's shown up there.

Love you, Korto, and I'd wear almost anything you make!


Korto's so rad. I posted a blog entry on her jewelry line (and referenced ProjectRungay through the most of it) and Korto found it and posted it under the "PRESS" section of her professional website. She and I are now friends on Facebook and keep in touch. She's totally down to earth and her effort to keep in communication with fans is something that makes her not only a REAL person, but someone who you hate to see "lose" because she is so deserving. She's a winner because of how she has handled the situation and - duh - her amazing talent!


Korto, YOU WERE ROBBED. Daniel's clothes look like exercise gear! Your clothes are fabulous! Keep your head to the sky! You will be like Jennifer Hudson---your golden opportunity is just around the corner! Keep doing you! God Bless!


Here's what I find interesting, most people had no problem coming here (not to mention other sites) and complain/yell/scream because Daniel won with that hideous collection; how is she supposed to react when she's the one standing there next to him and losing the prize? Of course, she's pissed. I'd be pissed to. ANYONE would be pissed, the difference is that she had a camera in fron of her for the world to see.


It's so great to hear from Korto. Her interview's negativity surprised me but it makes perfect sense now in context. I dunno who should have won but like many, I disagreed with the judging. Nuff said.


KORTO WAS ROBBED!!!!!


Korto, I thought your line was amazing! Thank you for your note, I appreciate you thinking of your fans.


She thought she deserved to win the first time and now and said so. Big deal. Grow up, people!


Even though Korto's attitude bothered me, her clothes were beautiful and she deserved to win.


I had no idea the producers grilled and got these people to spill their guts on everything. Honestly, I'm not sure what I would do or if I would be able to restrain myself.


The All Star Challenge was a set up. Daniel obviously was going to win.


Wow, it seems that some people don't understand the frustration of trying your best and not making it. If you have never tried and failed then you won't understand her position. I totally understand it and it sucks that Korto got her moment caught on tape. I don't doubt that she was upset/frustrated but I don't think that is a mortal sin. I felt that she was in a bad mood and not as joyous as last time but no need to be a hater.

I love her clothes and wish her all the best.


I think Korto should've won, but I also think that her reaction wasn't cool, it must suck to come in second two times, even though you're talented.


LaFemmeFataledeNY

Polgarra said...

Wow, it seems that some people don't understand the frustration of trying your best and not making it. If you have never tried and failed then you won't understand her position. I totally understand it and it sucks that Korto got her moment caught on tape. I don't doubt that she was upset/frustrated but I don't think that is a mortal sin. I felt that she was in a bad mood and not as joyous as last time but no need to be a hater.

I love her clothes and wish her all the best.




EXACTLY. Easy to judge others.


"Mouseanon said: Gotham, I get that you hate Jeffrey as much as I like him. Your many posts trashing him have made that crystal clear."





It isn't a matter of hating or not. And no, I've never 'trashed' him; I've merely pointed out his actual words and, more importantly, his deeds. He's done all the trashing to himself. He's done a helluva lot more than say a few ungracious things in the confessional interviews. I think all but his few appologists have seen that.

All Korto did in this episode was express disappointment in not winning this time (and last), and express confidence in her work. Never said anything that even approaches the hatefulness that has consistantly come out of Jeffrey's mouth. Never bullied anyone. And actually Miss Jeffrey had some less than gracious things to say in this show as well didn't he?; about designers from his season and about Michael supposedly not belonging there; not being an allstar. Wouldn't that make him a sore winner?

So no, whether on their own seasons, or on this program, there really is no comparison.

--GothamTomato


I would have done the same thing, so, no need to feel bad< Korto. Move on, you can do it on your own, you have talent.


CanIGetYouAnything?

Korto, darling, put all that behind you, you are amazing and should have a very successful future ahead of you.


Korto is NOT rude, she she stands up for herself and good for her. If she were a man, nobody would say anything.


Great to hear from her, she obviously care.


Korto, I wanted you to win, your clothes are beautiful and you know what real women want to wear. Good luck to you in your future endeavors. I couldn't praise you more highly!


Korto, thanks for writing to bring us your side of the story. I think it's all too easy for us to forget the massive editing that twists the drama every which way.

I've got one of your necklaces and I absolutely ADORE it and love you too. Please keep bringing the gorgeousness to your designs, love that you create more for the regular and larger sizes. We'll always want to hear how you are doing. Wishing you much success, you are extremely talented.


marshal said...
IIRC, she ROLLED HER EYES when they said Daniel won.

8/26/09 1:48 PM


Yes, because there's no such thing as editing on these shows.

Oh yeah, only when it came to Daniella or Laura.


Gotham Tomato said:

Never said anything that even approaches the hatefulness that has consistantly come out of Jeffrey's mouth. Never bullied anyone. And actually Miss Jeffrey had some less than gracious things to say in this show as well didn't he?; about designers from his season and about Michael supposedly not belonging there; not being an allstar. Wouldn't that make him a sore winner?

Ok, get it that you hate Jeffrey. But at least be fair when characterizing his actions. On the All-Star Challenge, you didn't hear "hatefulness consistently coming out of Jeffrey's mouth." As TLo noted, he conducted himself professionally and was largely quiet.

What he did say about Michael was "The last thing I remember of Michael is a collection that I don't consider worthy of all-stars." While undiplomatic, his opinion isn't entirely off the mark. Michael's finale collection was an underwhelming parade of tight, hoochie momma clothing that had the judges' and audience's jaws dropping in shock. After all the wonderful garments he turned out in the challenges, his finale collection was hugely disappointing.

Jeffrey didn't say that Michael wasn't an all-star or that he didn't belong there. He just expressed his opinion that Michael's finale collection wasn't worthy of an all-star. Big difference, and a lot of people would might with that.

Every time I respond to your bashing, you then change ground and bash Jeffrey another way. Rather than go 15 rounds with you, I'm stopping now. If you insist on spewing more hate about him, just try to have some factual basis to back up your claims.

The episode is available online. If you're going to trash Jeffrey, at least get the quote right rather than half-remembering something and then using that vague memory as a springboard for making an incorrect universal indictment of his behavior.


"MouseAnony said...

Ok, get it that you hate Jeffrey. But at least be fair when characterizing his actions. On the All-Star Challenge, you didn't hear "hatefulness consistently coming out of Jeffrey's mouth." As TLo noted, he conducted himself professionally and was largely quiet.

What he did say about Michael was "The last thing I remember of Michael is a collection that I don't consider worthy of all-stars." While undiplomatic, his opinion isn't entirely off the mark. Michael's finale collection was an underwhelming parade of tight, hoochie momma clothing that had the judges' and audience's jaws dropping in shock. After all the wonderful garments he turned out in the challenges, his finale collection was hugely disappointing.

Jeffrey didn't say that Michael wasn't an all-star or that he didn't belong there. He just expressed his opinion that Michael's finale collection wasn't worthy of an all-star. Big difference, and a lot of people would might with that."

Oh puh-LEEZE.


Many thanks to Korto for her post.
I love her clothes and accessories and wish her the very, very best.


Thank you! I just didn't see the so called 'tude that a lot of folks seemed to see. I a fan of Korto and her clothes and hope to continue to see more of her and her beautiful designs.


This coming from the same Korto who said to Daniel "You're much cuter than Leanne!"? Give me a break.


Quite honestly I was surprised by Korto's behaviour.

I had seen a recent interview, where it sounded like she gave a slight to Leanne M, and now this. I believe she's unprofessional, and a bit petulant.

I know a contestant on PR. While they acknowledged it was a reality show, never did they mention that the producers 'pushed' them to say a certain thing.

I believe that's Korto seeking damage control.

Talent is subjective, boorishness is not.


"Sorry but the producers can't put that venomous tone into your words...."

Venomous tone? This is Korto, not Dick Cheney!

Let's all go have a nice cocktail, like or not like Korto (I like!), and get on the phone to our representatives to get healthcare legislation passed.


"Mousy anon said: Every time I respond to your bashing, you then change ground and bash Jeffrey another way."




No, I've always been very consistant in what I've said, in regards to Jeffrey's behavior on the show and work.

--GothamTomato


TLo, bobbi @ 2:07 pm and suzq @ 2:38 pm:

Thanks for the handbag update. I had googled around looking for something, and I did see that one cowhide-with-horn-handled purse, but it was the Dillard's line I was searching for....I've got champagne dreams on a light beer budget!

Looking forward to her handbag launch. I am sure that TLo will keep us in the loop.....


Ella said...
This coming from the same Korto who said to Daniel "You're much cuter than Leanne!"? Give me a break.



Because he's a guy, come on, she was trying to be funny, you people are over analyzing it reading too much into.


Nothing but love for Korto here. This real woman can't WAIT to wear her fabulous togs.


ANY post that brings race into this topic will be - and has been - deleted. DROP IT.

And MousAnony, make your points and move on. Constantly posting the same thing over and over and over again is not productive.


SewSew,

Good idea. And while we're at it, let's all raise a glass to Sen. Edward Kennedy tonight.


It just amazes me that any one can maintain their cool and come across as anything BUT petty in the hothouse of PR. I hate to think how I'd look.

When someone on PR manages to be gracious and kind (especially when they lose) it really touches me - but I have always wondered if a person could be Mother Theresa and still end up looking pouty and small after editing.

Korto - l love your style. Jeffrey had it right when he said that no good comes from trying to please other people.


Her griping during the show, contrived or otherwise, rubbed me the wrong way, but I don’t hate her for it and never will. We’ve all been there in one way or another, or at least I know I have.

By definition, in any competition there are “winners” and “losers.” At least in sports it’s (usually) pretty clear who runs the fastest, jumps the highest, or whatever. Fashion is at its core a subjective milieu, which must also contribute to the frustration level. In life, though, Korto is certainly NOT a loser. She is a quirky and flawed human being just like the rest of us, even Santino! I gather from her note that she HAS moved on (at least now if not then), and that’s what really matters.

I wouldn’t necessarily say that she was “robbed,” but I do think that ground has been plowed even more than her reaction to the judging. I will simply close by saying that to MY subjective eye her creations are beautiful, and I wish her nothing but success.


My problem with Korto's behavior and attitude was not limited to the show itself. She expressed the same options and gracelessness in print interviews. So I don't buy this note. Well, I am sure that she thinks she is all good, but "I'm just not buying it". She is a sore loser.


I like her clothes, thats all that matters. The few comments she made in All Star do not make her a bad person in my book. Especially since some of the people on the show had behaved so much worse on PR.

Keep the designs coming Korto, and thanks TLo for posting her note.


I think the size of the prize might have been a contributing factor to the way Korto's behavior was portrayed and emphasized.

Think about the workroom scenes. There was virtually no joking around, no teasing, no snark, no singing, no laughing, no yakking, no insults, no stealing each other's sewing supplies, no sabotaging the machines, no hitting on each other, no loud arguments, no nursing hurt feelings, etc. This bunch was ignoring each other and putting their respective noses to the grindstone to win that $100,000.

They weren't there to entertain this time -- they were all business in the single-minded pursuit of that moolah. All except for Santino, of course, who wasted a lot of time practically carrying the show on his shoulders with his nonstop buffoonery and conceited comments. I mean, look at it. The expected powder keg that was Jeffrey and Santino in the same room failed to ignite. Santino was being a jerk, yes, but he didn't even get anybody else riled up -- they just ignored him. Jeffrey and Mychael, once they hit the workroom, were quiet as mice. Uli and Sweet P had a whole thirty second tussle over a piece of fabric. The designers even got hit with the news that they were to do a red carpet dress AFTER they had bought their fabric and had begun cutting it. But did we see hysteria, tears, hand-wringing, and general pissedness? No, we didn't.

The producers even threw in that tried and true "Hit them with a last minute challenge so they'll get all hysterical" gambit. But these designers already knew that trick. Moreover, since they had NOT just completed twelve challenges in a row to get there, they were fresh and well-rested and just took the extra garment challenge in stride. They concentrated on sewing for their lives to score that magnificent pot of money.

Santino's cackling and general douchbaggery got tired really fast. Considering that there is only so much you can use Santino on screen when the show is supposed to be about eight designers, Tim, and four judges, I think there was a real risk of having a boring, rather one-note show.

Curses! What to do? I think the editors would have left Korto alone if they had had any other genuine action with which to make a satisfyingly dramatic program. But it looks to me like they were coming up a bit short. The only "drama" the producers had was random scenes edited to make it urgently look like Chris March was going to sleep right through the entire thing, but he handily produced a beautiful collection, so the jig was up.

Unfortunately, Korto had given them a few sound bites out of which they could fashion a "bitterness" theme, and so they pressured her at the end to get those last few sound bites to wrap up that little story line.

I do think that this issue received undue prominence in the final cut of the all-stars challenge just because nothing else much dramatic happened. She got hosed, but she did give them the foothold to do it with. It would have been better if she had kept her thoughts to herself and just said what a wonderful opportunity it was to be together with all these designers and participate in this challenge.


I think there are worse things in life than being a "sore loser." You'd think that she killed puppies and used their hides to make shoes or something.

I trust (and hope) that her comments haven't affected her friendships. (We all have friends like that, hotheads, don't we? If not, then we're the hothead. Haha.) She had every right to question the judging on the All-Stars episode and I'm surprised she didn't cast aspersions on the judges' integrity, considering all of their connections to Daniel. That would have been career suicide for sure.

There have been a number of designers in the history of PR who have insulted other designers' and their work, and even insulted the judges' work (Kors, for example). I remember Christian Siriano as being one, but I don't remember quite the outcry that we are hearing now. And Jillian is another "sore loser."

I used to show horses and, let me tell you, this kind of reaction to judging is not unusual. In fact, it was pretty mild. It's just too bad the blowback from these reactions can hurt the people who did nothing wrong, the other competitors.

I'll echo the person who said, "I don't care if a designer is a sore loser, I just care about the designs." Ain't that the truth. We know nothing about designers whose clothes we see and wear every day. Maybe Karl Lagerfeld kicks dogs. Maybe Miuccia Prada hates babies.

And there is a VAST difference between saying, "This collection isn't worthy of an All-Star competition" and "This designer isn't worthy of an All-Star competition." And Jeffrey was right about Mychael (and it was also true of Santino).


Aaaaaannnnnnndddd, close thread!

Quick! While there's still time!


LOOOOVE KORTO.
I wouldn't care whether it was edited or not, I love her attitude. Even if I didn't then whatever, it's her clothes that matter. (That being said I have many times judged contestants for their personality over their clothes.)


It's all in the 'ear' of the beholder, Brooklyn Bomber. I was watching the show with 3 other PR fans and they all gasped in disgust when she first started her interview tirade against Leanne. Not taking anything away from her designs, which are always lovely, I think she could have been a bit more conscious of how she was coming across and self-edited herself.

Sewing Siren, Korto graciously offered that necklace to TLo for them to give away in a contest having nothing to do with anyone's personal opinions (and not even having to do with the All-Star show itself) so how we feel about her behavior has nothing to do with trying to win that prize. Besides, if nothing else, TLo reigns supreme on all things "bitchy" so why should we hold our tongues when there is clearly drama to be discussed?


Korto, I'd be pissed off too, even if I wasn't being emotionally manipulated by the producers. Don't listen to the haters.


Korto, you are fantastic.
As a fellow Aquarian, I know how you feel.
You will be vindicated.
Don't worry about.
Let this whole fiasco be fuel for your rocket to even greater stardom.
Have faith and work hard.
So many of us are rooting for you.
Chin up girlfriend!


Thanks Korto for giving us more time to see you on the All-Stars show and I appreciate all of your hard work to make clothes that women want to wear.

Thanks to TLo for sharing these notes from the designers with us. You boys are fabulous all the time!


I was thinking two things at the end. 1. Korto should have won. 2. Korto doesn't have a very good attitude. These are not mutually exclusive.


Korto, you do some really gorgeous things and I wish you nothing but success. I hope whatever controversy remains after the All Star challenge quickly dissapates, and your work is judged on its merit.

TLo, thank you for posting her note!


Sewing Siren on 8/26/09 at 2:51 PM said..."Damnit to hell ya'll, I cannot believe what I am reading here. Some people that made multiple attempts to win a free necklace"

By the way...Who won the necklace?

TampaBay


I'll admit I'm a serious lurker and don't usually weigh in on these things, but I'm always surprised by how people leap to conclusions about a particular individual because of what they've seen on a reality show or read in a blog. It's never the whole person that you're seeing -- and if what you are seeing isn't as flattering as it could be, well you probably have some flaws as well, you know?

I love Korto's designs (and wish I had the disposable income right now to pick up one of those gorge necklaces), and think that even if she didn't come across all sweetness and light on the show, she seems like a cool person that I'd probably really enjoy hanging out with, despite the fact that she's way more talented than I could ever be!

I just find it hard to get super worked up in a finger-wagging, shame on you kind of way about this. Whether you think she was robbed or not, she's obviously passionate about her work, was naturally disappointed and didn't feel the need to hide it. End of story.


SewSew, don't know if you'll see this today, but I like the way you think.


I'm curious why Korto had nothing to say about her comments about Leanne (and glad to see I'm not the only one based on these comments to be upset at what she said about Leanne). I certainly understand how editing works, but her first comments were all about how she deserved to beat Leanne and how everyone in America thought she deserved to beat Leanne, which is not true even based on the comments on this site. If it was editing that made her slam Leanne, then tell us. If she meant something else, then tell us. But by saying nothing, I can only assume that hse meant what she said. And as I said last week, Uli didn't do it and Daniel didn't do it, so I'm wondering why Korto did it.


So what she was pissed. I mean she is human after all. We don't know what we would do if we were in her position, I mean runner up twice, come on that has to get on your nerves.
I like Korto but I truthfully liked Uli's design and thought she should have been up there with Daniel. And we don't know if Uli was pissed or not they didn't show that, shoot all the ones that lost might have been pissed expect Michael he looked as if he didn't care to be there. It a silly reality show and they need drama for us to watch.


KMo, don't let this mean-spirited dribble get to you.

Sorry that you didn't win, because your clothes were gorgeous.

Dust those shoulders off, honey. You're going places, regardless.


So it's fine with some to overlook editing as it pertains to Korto.

Nothing to say to Ulli who gave the crickets chirping stare to Sweet Pea who had just gushed how happy she was to meet her? That scene came of making U. look like a stuck up bitch, but the knowledgeable TV viewer in me knows differently.
This All Stars was a serious edit fest from the word 'go' until the end.


I totally hear you about the interrogation, er, interview room techniques they'll use to try to get the answer they want. I only had one small peek into that world personally, but I sure know how they really want you to support their "story" regardless of whether it's what actually happened or not.

You're a great designer and I can't wait to see more from you!


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Thanks for the note Korto. I screamed at the tv when they didn't choose you to win ... I have always loved your designs and look forward to seeing what you create next. Editing is hell and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that these things are manipulated for the final broadcast. It doesn't necessarily show the entire context of someone's words/actions.


Anonymous
8/26/09 1:52 PM Very tacky to trash Leanne the way she did. Clearly she's trying some damage control here. Normally, nobody knows or cares how designers act. But PR designers are in an odd place. Very few of them have really been that successful in the design world. Their potential for success lies in their ability to appeal to PR fans, who will buy their products and turn out at their public appearances. So coming across as "likeable" and "appealing" is important for PR designers in a way it isn't for others. Most of them have to rely on their status as reality tv stars rather than their design chops. So she probably realizes she's stepped in it. Good luck getting out.




Let me get this straight:

Designers do not have to be likable unless they're on a reality show?

Personality dosen't matter, unless it applies to a PR designer?

Well, we know that Jeffrey and Christian has had some sort of success, even though they weren't the most likable of people.

Why does this rule only apply to Korto?


Mariah said...
Sorry but the producers can't put that venomous tone into your words, there had to be some real emotion behind it. Why not just admit you think your shit don't stink, that doesn't preclude you from being Leanne and/or Daniel's friend, it just makes you a bit pompous. Own it girl, and at least maybe we'll respect you for it.






Let me ask you this: would you have felt the same way had this been Uli or Laura?


Would you have felt this way had it been Zulema or Kara Saun?


" Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight:

Designers do not have to be likable unless they're on a reality show?

Personality dosen't matter, unless it applies to a PR designer?

Well, we know that Jeffrey and Christian has had some sort of success, even though they weren't the most likable of people.

Why does this rule only apply to Korto?"

Who said this rule only applies to Korto? Jeffrey was TRASHED on here and still gets trashed on here by various commenters for being an asshole. So does Laura for that matter.


" Anonymous said...

Let me ask you this: would you have felt the same way had this been Uli or Laura?


Would you have felt this way had it been Zulema or Kara Saun?"

You're obviously trying to turn this into a racial thing but that's not going to fly. Plenty of designers were slammed for showing bad attitude: Wendy, Santino, Jeffrey, Laura, Victorya, Zulema. This is nothing new and has nothing to do with Korto's skin color.


Korto, I love your designs and also your swagger and I do understand why they don't like you when you aren't acting "grateful for being allowed..." Bullshit and I have seen it and experienced it all my life. They stole that win from you and Daniel's designs could have been accomplished by a 9 year old. I think you rightly rolled your eyes and am glad you said the things you did because you are confident and you KNOW that you were the best. I also think that you did not win because you are black. Michael Knight's designs were awesome too. SweetP's designs were laughable and so were Santino's. I am flabbergasted. I would say that I do not understand Heidi but I do understand that mental dynamic of the woman that she is. Typical. She probably wishes she had what you have. Talent and blackness. I love you Korto and tell everyone else to kiss your ass. I would not go on not Naeh A Notha Show. I know y'all can understand what that means. Keep on keeping on but I KNOW THAT YOU WILL!!!!!!


Ok seriously am getting tired of the anonymous poster who keeps talking about RACISM in every single post. This is fashion, not "how can I put a racist spin on something that is not even remotely racist". Best check yourself, because YOU are the racist one.


Mariah
8/29/09 9:24 PM Ok seriously am getting tired of the anonymous poster who keeps talking about RACISM in every single post. This is fashion, not "how can I put a racist spin on something that is not even remotely racist". Best check yourself, because YOU are the racist one.



Um, let's see now. Who's had more of a record of badmouthing designers of color here?

Who likes to badmouth Michelle Obama?

Who likes to mention that only WHITES are victims of racism?

Who said that she voted for Brigitte Bardon in Vixens vs. Virgins and that BB trashing muslims was nonsense?



Tell me, who does that?


And I'm the racist one? Quit trying to deflect the subject because your number's been called out.

Know too many people like you who are upset because your own bigotry is unacceptable. You're not special, you're not even interesting. So please, spare me.


I'm not special or interesting? You seem to think so since you know my posting history so well except for the fact that I've never badmouthed Michelle before. Get a life stalker.


Mariah
8/31/09 2:57 PM I'm not special or interesting? You seem to think so since you know my posting history so well except for the fact that I've never badmouthed Michelle before. Get a life stalker.


Nope, you're not interesting. Just bigoted and obnoxious.

You think I'm stalking you? Please, you wish someone would find you that relevant.


I'm so sick of project runway and to me the judes have no taste, there is no way I would buy Daniel's clothes over Korto's.

I think Michael Kors, and the other stupid judges are rac.. with no taste, and when I see Michael Kors clothes in the stores I spit on them.





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