A couple of weeks ago, Misha Nonoo won the womenswear prize at the Fashion
Group International's 15th Annual Rising Star Awards. She split it in a tie
with Wes Gordon, but still, it gave the designer an extra dose of energy just
before her presentation. Milk Studios also offered the designer a space at
the Standard Hotel, where she showed 17 looks from her French-inflected
collection last night.
Nonoo started her line a little over three years ago with a partner, and
their focus was coats, which were admired for their special details. This
time around, the collection lacked an equally strong point of view. Printed
pants paired with peplum jackets and wool ruffled skirts matched with lace
chiffon tops felt a little bit like déjà vu with other designers. Establishing
a foothold in the competitive contemporary market is no easy task, but
paying too much attention to collections like Carven and 3.1 Phillip Lim
certainly isn't the answer. Coats and jackets are still Nonoo's forte and
were no doubt the strongest items she showed.