Channeling British Aristocracy: The Nonoo Resort Collection

– By Rebecca Prusinowski –

Designer Misha Nonoo


Misha Nonoo hosted an intimate soireé atop The Gramercy Hotel to present her quirky chic Resort collection this week. The affair marked the designer’s steady rise in the industry with another strong show of lovely and very wearable separates. Lively colors and prints were mixed and matched among the breezy silk blouses, tapered trousers and skirt suits with transparent pailette detail.  Amidst the brass tunes, champagne and tea sandwiches swirling around us, we caught up with Misha to discuss her namesake brand and resort inspiration.

Who is your muse right now? What kind of woman inspired you to make these clothes?

“Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, a very high up member of the British aristocracy. She was extremely elegant but she was also quirky.  I looked to her for inspiration and imbued the clothes with this offbeat quality.  My look is always very tailored and elegant – and the silhouettes are still that – but through the color palette and the embellishment, there’s a sense of Edwina.”

The silk prints and French lace are beautiful, but the way they’re styled here makes them fun. 

“With everything in clothing, it’s how you wear and style it.  One of things that I find so brilliant about Olivia Palermo is the way that she styles things. And putting a mix of things together. And I think that this collection does that.  Classic but with some good embellishment, fun things like that.”

Agreed. They’re also versatile.  Give me three types of places, in time or location, where you’d envision these clothes being worn?  

“I can see a woman wearing them at a jazz club in the 1930s. I can see her in downtown New York today, doing her thing on the Lower East Side, maybe at my friend’s restaurant The Fat Radish.  And I can also see her in the UK, a part of the society that Countess Edwina was a part of.  It could span many different times and places.”

Rebecca Prusinowski is an Independent Editorial Director and Consultant based in New York. She works in media and fashion with a simple mission to share what’s beautiful in this world. She has partnered with The New York Times, PAPER Magazine, Reuters, and many popular e-commerce businesses and lifestyle websites. Discover her work at, see her blog for style and visual inspiration, join her on twitter @RebeccaPrus for news and adventures.

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