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The Split-Second Preview: Misha Nonoo

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As we enter into a month of fashion shows, we’ve asked some of this season’s biggest stars and most anticipated new talents to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re pioneering the split-second preview: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.


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.

Designer Diary: Misha Nonoo’s Postcard From Moscow

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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!”

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In Venice With Designer Misha Nonoo

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Just before the fashion set descends upon Manhattan for New York fashion week, the jet-setters of the world are making a stop in Italy next week for the 69th Venice Film Festival. For those who find themselves with a few extra minutes in between red carpets and fabulous parties (and those of us who just want to pretend we are there, too), Style.com asked designer Misha Nonoo for her go-to spots. The rising New York-based designer and her husband, Alexander Gilkes, had a lavish wedding in Venice earlier this summer (the three-day affair included guests like Princess Eugenie of York and her sister Beatrice; James Middleton—younger brother to Kate and Pippa; and Lana Del Rey, to name a few). Visit today’s Market Highs feature to see all of Nonoo’s picks.

Photo: Marco Guerra

Shining Stars

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“At least it’s not snowing this year” was a phrase heard repeatedly at Fashion Group International’s 15th Annual Rising Star Awards luncheon, held today at Cipriani 42nd Street. There were several FGI veterans in attendance, including Catherine Malandrino and past winners Thom Browne, Christopher Coleman, and Monica Rich Kosann (all three were also presenters today), who could remember prior years when the event was held on an especially chilly day. For the Rising Star nominees, however, it was a day full of firsts.

“I have been nominated for a few awards and not ever been in this situation,” Simon Spurr said, sounding quite surprised, as he collected his menswear award from Browne. “Obviously, this one is very special because, well, it’s my first one.” Before Nonoo designer Misha Nonoo picked up her womenswear award (she and Wes Gordon both won in the category in a tie), Nonoo joked, “If I end up having to give a speech, I am not nervous—I just had three bellinis,” she said. “Plus, they e-mailed us last night saying we absolutely had to keep our speeches under one minute.”

She might not have been nervous, but keynote speakers Isabel and Ruben Toledo were feeling the heat before they spoke (maybe that’s because they had more than 60 seconds to talk). “You know, we don’t do this [give speeches] for a living,” Ruben told Style.com as he snagged a bite of cake before heading to the stage. Meanwhile, his wife had lost her appetite for the moment. “I can’t eat now, but when I get back, I hope this steak is still waiting for me.” They had no reason to fret—they had plenty of wise words to offer the group. “When you have no budget, you learn to create out of thin air. Pragmatism becomes your best friend and you learn to do very much with very little,” Isabel said. “Whatever you love about what you do, keep on doing it. Don’t lose sight of that, no matter how hard things get.”

Photo: Ryan McCune /PatrickMcMullan.com

Nonoo Lyons Keeps It Above The Waist

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Nonoo Lyons