Just three seasons in to her eponymous collection, 25-year-old Misha Nonoo is fresh off winning Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award for women’s ready-to-wear. For fall, Nonoo worked with local New York tailors to realize a collection full of guipere lace pencil skirts, smart emerald cropped trousers, and inky peplum jackets. Manhattan-made the collection may be, but it’s an English sensibility that really informs the designer’s work. “Whilst growing up in London, I became acutely aware of the subtle differences that separate High Street brands from Savile Row tailoring,” Nonoo explained in the show notes. “I became fascinated with the quiet details that only the curious eye could see.”
Paris, too, played a role this season. Nonoo cited the city and French actress Anouk Aimée as her starting points for the collection: “I’m just really captivated by [Aimée's] extraordinary beauty, and the way that French women dress—that really effortless elegance they have.” Appropriately enough, Nonoo is showing her collection for the first time during Paris Fashion Week this season.
But she finds elegance in the New York woman, as well: “My woman is ageless, she’s very discerning, and she has a great sense of self. She really values style over trend. Olivia Palermo was here earlier this morning, actually, and I think her sense of style is great. Her kind of look embodies that.”