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Nonoo Spring 2011 Presentation — Inspired By The Ladies Of Music




Last September, I gushed about the Calendar Girls-inspired collection of jackets displayed at the Nonoo Lyons Spring/Summer 2010 presentation. Much transpired in a year’s time — mainly, designer Misha Nonoo taking the realms of her company, so that all new and future designs will be a reflection of her singular vision, as opposed to a collaborative effort with former design partner Deborah Lyons. Fittingly, the brand’s name was shortened to Nonoo to signal the changing guard. Those who adored Nonoo Lyons’ must-have jackets, however, have nothing to fear. The 13 jackets showcased at the Nonoo Spring/Summer 2011 presentation in New York City featured the impeccable tailoring, unexpected silhouettes and edgy but refined vibe we’ve come to expect from designer Misha Nonoo.

Held at the Flower Shop in New York City, the Nonoo Spring/Summer 2011 featured pieces inspired by different female musicians — and, in fact, named for these rockin’ women. Among the standout pieces, you’ll find the Meg (pictured above, at top), named after The White Stripes drummer Meg White. The  putty-colored, sleeveless vest features two vertical rows of slanted, gunmetal-colored chain strips, one on each jacket flap. When the chain strips are connected, they create a funky “V” shape along the front of the vest, with strips of chain dangling along the center gap. The epaulet-like strips of fabric along the shoulders, and the strips of chain used to adorn them, further enhance the marching-bad-meets-military feel.

Another swoon-worthy piece: the Romy jacket, an homage to Romy Madley of British band the xx (pictured second from top, on right-hand side). Since Madley is perennially clad in black, it’s only fitting that Misha Nonoo would pick this color when paying homage to the vocalist and guitarist. But unlike Madley herself, who favors bulky, androgynous jackets (think aviator-style hooded parkas, studded leather jackets, and velvet or silk blazers), the Nonoo Madley jacket embodies femininity, with large sheer panels in geometric shapes playing peek-a-boo with onlookers and rounded, swirling, glittery panels adding a bit of rock star punch and loads of that elusive and coveted “X” factor.

After this exquisite collection, I’m saying yes, yes, yes to Nonoo.



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