5 posts tagged "Misha Nonoo"
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WHO: Misha Nonoo
WHERE: New York, NY
WHEN: Tuesday, February 12
WHAT: “A weekend invitation: British mavericks, imperial guards, Romanov romance, and noble ease.” —Misha Nonoo. The designer sent us an inspiration image—an 1837 portrait of V. A. Perovsky, by Bryullov—pictured above.
When she isn’t working in her studio, on-the-rise New York designer Misha Nonoo spends a great deal of her time globe-trotting. (Back in May, Nonoo married her now-husband Alexander Gilkes in Venice, with the likes of Princess Eugenie and Beatrice, Helen Rockefeller, Lana Del Rey, and Zani Gugelmann all in attendance.) More recently, Nonoo made a trek to Moscow and she captured it all on camera. Here, she shares her trip exclusively with Style.com.
As I left for my inspiration trip to Russia last week, I wondered anxiously how I would find this far-off, foreign land. However, I needn’t have worried. Upon landing I discovered that Russians and I have much more in common than I initially imagined, including an appreciation for architecture and history and a deep love of gold and vodka. From the awe-inspiring St. Basil’s Cathedral (pictured, above) and its candy cane-inspired domes to the formidable Russian art collections on display at the Tretyakov Gallery, the attention to detail and color that pre-revolutionary Russia demonstrates is deeply affecting. The trip wasn’t all inspiration, however, as we managed to slip away to the inimitable Café Pushkin for lunch, where the rooms are more like libraries one would find in a storied old home. I also dined at Turandot, an exquisite architectural gem of a restaurant that cites French, Venetian, and Chinese styles amongst its influences. The murals and domed ceiling were some of the most magical I’ve ever seen. They were also quite liberal with their signature cocktails, which led to my adventure on the last day, to the Russian Banya, a collection of hot rooms and cold pools meant to cleanse and detoxify the body. Despite my hesitation, I re-emerged feeling the benefits and enjoyed what I felt was a truly Russian experience.
“Me at Café Pushkin.”
“Gold, gold, gold!”
Here’s a fun fact about design duo Misha Nonoo and Deborah Lyons: They’re about to be big in Beirut. Seems like the London expats are doing just fine over here as well, which they proved last night when they presented their second collection. Call it a capsule, if you will: 12 jackets, one for each month of the year, inspired by iconic fifties-era pinup girls and Coney Island. Miss October was a waist-length draped silk georgette in electric blue; Miss December, a sleek cropped version in rubber-coated tweed. Why just jackets? “We wanted the jacket to be the accessory, the final touch,” explained Lyons. As for Beirut, the Nonoo Lyons Fall collection will be delivering to Sophie’s Boutique, Lebanon’s answer to Intermix, any day now.