It's no secret that outerwear is Misha Nonoo
's forte. But that didn't stop the designer from presenting her debut Resort collection with only two coats on hand. Perhaps it was the inspiration here, Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, which called for something entirely new from the young designer. In this instance, new meant quirky, lighthearted, and elegant but mostly quirky, as in the polka-dot trousers paired with a paisley embroidered jacket or a solid blush-tone tuxedo with a plunging lapel line worn with nothing underneath. Every aspect of Nonoo's presentation, from the models' disheveled blond hair to the palm tree and latticework patterns (evocative of country club fences) on pajama sets and belted dresses, reflected the "countess come undone" style of Edwina, who resided in India for a large portion of her life.
Sparkly flowers on the cuffs of crepe pants and shiny beads on the hem of a satin miniskirt were suggestive of Nonoo's own frame of mind. The up-and-comer has much to be pleased about, starting with her expanding business. She revealed that her wholesale numbers grew 200 percent from Spring to Fall and that her label was just picked up by Bergdorf Goodman.