Misha Nonoo 2013 Resort Collection
Striped cashmere sequined sweater and paisley silk shantung shorts
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Misha Nonoo, whose work is marked by refined elegance, sculpted shapes, and perfect fit, was honored with the 2012 Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award for Women's RTW. The New York based designer was born in Bahrain, raised in London, and schooled in Paris. Her eclectic, thoroughly global upbringing has been evident in her designs from the beginning. Autumn/winter 2011 was all about the aristocratic heritage of England; spring/summer 2012 was a celebration of the glorious Italian Riviera and referenced style icons Marella Agnelli and Contessa Crespi; fall/winter 2012 was an homage to Paris, and Anouk Amee was the inspiration.
|Shirred dress and bamboo chunky sweater|
with embellished cuff silk crepe trouser
Last evening, she unveiled resort 2013 during the course of two back-to-back informal shows at the Gramercy Park Hotel's rooftop Terrace. The glamorous, opulent, eclectically dramatic and artistically inspired hotel (which owes its stunning makeover to Julian Schnabel), was quite a fitting venue for this quirky, highly detailed, 20 piece collection. It was inspired by the "colorful past and storied sojourns" of the regal Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, the last Vicereine of India. Ms. Nonoo successfully touched upon all the predominant themes for resort 2013 that have been seen elsewhere, but she managed to put her own spin on them.
|Left to right: The Vicereine embroidered paisley top with polka dot skirt; the black silk gerogette blouse with paisely sequined pocket detail and cylcamen satin skirt with beaded trim; the paisley printed Burma dress; the black Annette dress|
|The Vicereine paisley coat and jacket|
Unexpected were the pattern mixes (as in the aforementioned paisleys and polka dots); the use of transparency (as in the lattice print Hutch dress) and the pailette and sequin trims (a cyclamen satin back crepe short skirt was trimmed with transparent paisley beads and worn with a black silk georgette blouse with paisley sequined pocket detail). There were tuxedos -- hers was rendered in lightweight superfine persimmon wool. And yes, of course, there was lace. Standouts were the sapphire blue French lace blouse and pencil skirt and a black Annette dress with sapphire blue French lace sleeves. The only accessories used were earrings by Dannijo, and black or nude suede pumps on a very high platform.
|The sapphire blue French lace blouse and pencil skirt|
Speaking of platforms, Deborah Hughes, the company's publicist, was decked out in a simple and chic navy top and long, full legged pants, and seemed to have grown since I last saw her. When I asked to see her shoes, she lifted up the hem of her pants to reveal towering 6 inch platforms.
Talk about the "height of fashion". Wow!
- Marilyn Kirschner