Presented at the Highline Room of the Standard Hotel, Misha Nonoo debuted her third collection for her eponymous Nonoo line.
With an eye for structure, tailoring and other details, the young designer’s collection evoked a chic, feminine Parisian flair; refined and sophisticated while remaining youthful and fresh.
Strong, structured jackets predominated the collection in various shapes and materials, making it clear this was her signature. Boxy and cropped, sleeveless, lightweight blazers, and heavier belted versions all made a commanding presence during the presentation. Also included were sharp ankle-grazing pants and skirts, floor-length maxi dresses, shorter flared-hem skirts, and versatile blouses.
Nonoo incorporated rich textures such as cashmere wools, hammered silks, pebble crepes, Guipure lace, velvet and fur into her designs, which were shown in vibrant jewel tones and neutrals. Hair and makeup further complimented the feminine styling as models featured sweetly braided updos and doe-eyed, rosy-cheeked faces. Suede platform pumps and subtle touches of chiffon, sequins and lace were also shown throughout.
Pre-show, I was able to sit down with the designer during this important time in her career, as she is fresh off her win for Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award and will also be showing her collection again in Paris this season, for the very first time.
Misha Nonoo: Well actually, this particular collection was inspired by Paris. I lived in Paris for a bit. The thing that I take back and I’m so appreciative of, is that I was able to travel and spend time living in various different places in the world. I think it’s that amalgamation that forms and inspires my designs. Um, what I find is that each season I’m designing for a woman that’s really discerning, who has great innate style, and she really prefers...she has style over trends and that’s what she really goes back to. And, you know, each collection is sympathetic to what’s worn, whereby she’s building a wardrobe as opposed to it being very trend-driven.
For me, it’s very important that you’re layering fabrics, textures and it’s just subtle details and great tailoring that’s really, really important in a collection.
NW: With so many young and upcoming designers showing collections over the next few days, how does the Nonoo line stand apart?
MN: Well we’re very, very lucky... I was recently awarded the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award for 2012 Women’s Ready to Wear, which was wonderful, and was so great to get that right before Fashion Week...two weeks ago! So I was really excited about that. Um, and you know, I think that there are so many great designers out there with really relative points of view but the thing that stands out about we do here is that it’s a specific point of view, and I don’t think you see it anywhere else out there. It’s very elegant while remaining at an approachable price point, and I think there’s a woman out there who really wants to be elegant and wants to be refined, and is looking for that. So that’s what I hope this brand represents.
NW: Do you have any advice for aspiring designers, or anyone wanting to break into the industry?
MN: I would say, for myself the thing that I was fortunate and unfortunate in was that I started very young and was very naive, and having a business background I just decided to go out and do my own thing. And I am so grateful that I did that because had I known how many things there are that can go wrong, I might not have done it. But I would say to anyone who has a great idea, you must pursue it...you know, it’s wonderful to do your own thing and have your own business. There’s really nothing better than having that creative freedom.
NW: Great advice, you’re certainly an inspiration! One last question. What’s the one, must-have item every girl should have in her closet?
MN: I would say a great jacket or coat!
NW: Thank you so much! It was great to meet you, we’re looking forward to the show!
MN: Thank you, so nice to meet you as well!