April 9, 2012

5 Questions with: Designer Misha Nonoo

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Nonoo

Misha Nonoo is the talented designer behind the New York label Nonoo. Her designs evoke a tailored, feminine, and timeless aesthetic - and now she's being recognized as one of the top up-and-coming designers in the fashion industry. Misha Nonoo received the prestigious FGI Rising Star Award for Women's Ready to Wear (tying with designer Wes Gordon).

She talks with YS about trends, her latest collection and what it was like to win one of the biggest awards in fashion.

What are some of your favorite spring trends?

Misha Nonoo: I love printed pants – our Lia pant was one of our bestsellers this season, and I’m also really enjoying the color red. Minka Kelly (pictured below) was spotted in one of our red dresses and I think it looks great on all skintones.

You were raised in London and Bahrain. How have those cities influenced your style and design aesthetic?

MN: I would say that growing up in the Middle East influenced my color palette and introduced me to a very colorful world early on. While living in London, I adopted a more tailored aesthetic, influenced by Savile Row tailoring.

What was your inspiration for the Fall/Winter 2012 collection?

MN: For Fall/Winter 2012, I was inspired by the regal presence and sophistication of iconic French actress Anouk Aimee, who redefined how the modern heroine is perceived. I collaborated with director Paul Barrois and shot a video in Paris that captured the spirit of Anouk. You can view it here.

You recently received FGI’s Rising Star Award for women’s ready-to-wear, tying with designer Wes Gordon. How did you react when you got the call that you won? How did you celebrate after winning the award?

MN: We actually found out live at a luncheon and were presented the award there and then. It was a truly brilliant moment in my career and I feel as though I will always look back upon that moment fondly.

Ultimately it is amazing to be recognized by your industry peers but at the same time it is important to recognize those that helped you get to where you are. I celebrated the win with friends over a delicious dinner at Acme, which was newly opened, and went to bed tipsy and happy.

What's next for you and your line?

MN: We have introduced knits for FW12 and I would love to be able to expand into accessories and housewares in the future. I am very inspired by home interiors in my collection and it would be a dream to be able to design home accessories and furniture.

My fiancé is desperate for me to start designing menswear however I think that might take a little longer to get into as I would love to train with Savile Row tailors in order to learn the foundation of the male form and perfect the male fit which is, of course, so different to the female form. The practices are the same in tailoring, but fit is, of course, everything.


  1. Wow, what a wonderful interview! Thank you for sharing, she is a gorgeous designer. x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  2. Love her pieces, especially that blazer and pant suit!! Such an awesome interview, thanks for the inspiring post! www.fashionifancy.com

  3. Such beautiful pieces, and great interview!

  4. Great interview! Her line is so beautiful too. Thanks for introducing! xx