Who is Misha Nonoo? Everything you need to know about the fashion designer


Meet Meghan Markle’s good good friend…

September 12, 2019 – 17:18 BST Leanne Bayley

If you’re solely simply listening to the title Misha Nonoo, the place have you been? The fashion designer is a favorite with the royal set, and was personally chosen by Duchess Meghan to function inside her Smart Works capsule clothes assortment, and above all else, they’re actually good buddies. Misha designed the Smart Set Shirt, and for each shirt offered, Misha will donate one to Smart Works to add to the work wardrobes of ladies in need.


“When the Duchess of Sussex got here to me and mentioned ‘this is what I’m doing, I’m royal patron now.’ I’d already heard of Smart Works and was an enormous fan of the work they did. It aligned so intently with my values of empowering girls and dressing girls for his or her skilled pursuits so there was no means I’d say no to it. I used to be actually excited for the alternative. 

“I used to be requested specifically to do the white shirt as a result of that’s our signature. It was really a really, very simple course of. The Duchess is a consummate skilled. It’s been an actual pleasure to work with everybody on the crew.”


Photo by Philip Panting

Revealing what Meghan needed from her designs, Misha mentioned: “It was clear that the shirt to be tailor-made. And be a more in-depth match to the physique in order that it was one thing that appeared sensible when tucked in and beneath a jacket and wasn’t too outsized. So it was a bit extra of a basic model she was in search of.”

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What was the primary goal? “Collectively we’re wanting to empower extra girls … When they speak to you about what’s occurred to them they usually have their mirror second they usually get coached, it doesn’t matter what they’ve been via – whether or not they get into that or not, they had been clearly in a weak place after they went to Smart Works. Being empowered, via that course of, is one thing for me – having the ability to contact that in a small means, is actually significant. Professionally, it is one thing that was actually necessary to me and personally, it actually touches me too.”


SHOP: The Smart Set Shirt, £125, Misha Nonoo

But who is Misha Nonoo? Well, she is a fashion designer who was born in Bahrain, raised in London and educated in Paris. According to her web site, her “multicultural upbringing exposed her to a diverse collection of references, showcasing a unique outlook for the modern, multifaceted woman through the development of a ‘capsule wardrobe’ in her work.” 


Misha gained trade recognition when she turned a finalist for the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and was named certainly one of Forbes’ ’30 Under 30′ in addition to Crain’s New York Business’ ’40 beneath 40.’

She is additionally well-known for being the first designer to use social media as a venue for fashion exhibits, completely debuting her Spring/Summer 2016 assortment on Instagram and her Fall 2016 assortment on Snapchat – how very fashionable. 

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Meghan has worn Misha’s designs earlier than – keep in mind the white button-down shirt she wore to the Invictus Games held in Toronto again in September 2017? It was referred to as The Husband Shirt and Meghan wore this for her first public outing with Prince Harry, pairing the shirt with skinny denims and ballet flats.


At the time, Misha mentioned: “I had no idea she was going to wear it. It was a beautiful surprise and I was touched. The exposure has been incredible.”

Misha is engaged to her boyfriend, Michael “Mikey” Hess, and he popped the query whereas on vacation collectively in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hess is an entrepreneur who used to work in finance and whose grandfather based the Hess Oil and Chemical Corporation. The couple made their first public look at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony in May 2018. 


According to the Daily Mail, Misha is at the moment in the technique of designing her personal wedding ceremony gown, which she admitted has been “stressful” and “challenging”.

Meghan’s friendship with Nonoo goes again years, assembly via a mutual good friend in Miami and shortly turning into shut. Meghan and Misha initially bonded over charity work. “We really bonded over that to begin with — and we both love dogs, too. We have been very close ever since,” Misha as soon as mentioned. “I love her to death. She is the coolest girl in the world.”

Despite conflicting rumours and experiences, Misha is nonetheless broadly believed to be the royal couple’s thriller matchmaker, although she refuses to verify or deny. Either means, this is one fashion designer who Meghan loves and adores

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