Meghan Markle & # 39; s designer friend Misha Nonoo – the woman the former actress had set up on her first date with Prince Harry – has opened her own wedding plans as she prepares to walk down the aisle within a few months.
The sustainability-focused 31-year-old, whose clothes have been worn countless times by her good friend Meghan, is currently designing her own wedding dress for her upcoming wedding to oil-heir Mikey Hess – a process she believes to be incredibly stressful & # 39; stressful & # 39; has been & # 39; and & # 39; challenging & # 39 ;.
& # 39; If you make a couture piece, it is extremely difficult & # 39 ;, Misha told DailyMail.com. & # 39; I think of my collection as much as pieces that will work for so many women. But when you think of one piece that will be worn by one person for one night, you have endless options for what you can do and I find that quite difficult without any parameters. & # 39;
Designer: Misha Nonoo, 31, said she's not going to design a bridal line in the future, despite the fact that she is currently making her own wedding dress for upcoming wedding
On the road: when Meghan entered New York for the US Open, she thought she might be staying with her good friend Misha, pictured wandering through SoHo on Monday
Say yes to the dress: Misha, pictured with fiancee Mikey Hess, said designing her own wedding dress a & # 39; long-lasting & # 39; but special process
The London-born designer who grew up in London has been involved with the entrepreneur since February 2019.
Misha, who spoke with DailyMail.com on her new SoHo pop up in New York City, added that making her own dress for the big day an & # 39; interesting process & # 39; was – and worlds apart from her daily duties as a women's clothing designer who makes pieces that her customers can wear in rotation every day.
& # 39; I think of the length, the fabrication, I think of the durability and all these different things that will work for every woman. & # 39;
On the other hand, she is aware that designing a unique dress requires a different approach for her big day.
& # 39; It was a very interesting process. Designing a couture piece is long, but there is also something very special about the idea of something that you will cherish and keep forever, & she added.
My dress is very minimal, but more traditional … Hopefully people will like it!
& # 39; It was a challenge because many people weigh and they say, "Well, you have great shoulders, why don't you show them", but also: "Oh, you wouldn't look nice with a long sleeve," & # 39; & # 39; she said.
Misha, leaning on subdued and toned silhouettes in muted colors, said the dress has become much more traditional than she initially visualized.
& # 39; It is still very minimal, but more traditional, & # 39; she teased. & # 39; Hopefully people like it! It's not just about pleasing yourself. When I get dressed every morning, I satisfy myself. I encourage other women to do the same; to look good so that they can continue their daily life. & # 39;
& # 39; But with a wedding dress you naturally hope that you want your future husband to think you look beautiful, but you also want your family and his family to look great too. & # 39;
Despite the fact that many women wear her white crepe jumpsuit with pleated legs to & # 39; I Do & # 39; saying – and it is also worn by Irina Shayk, Emma Watson and Bella Hadid – said Misha not going to ever expand to design wedding dresses.
When asked whether creating a range for other minimally leaning brides would ever be on the agenda for her eponymous label, Misha laughed and said it was a firm no.
& # 39; It's very stressful. It's not something I ever wanted to go into, but I always knew I would design my own dress, & she explained.
Ready for the wedding: Misha, pictured with her fiancee Mikey Hess at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is currently designing the dress for her own wedding
Besties: Meghan Markle, in the photo, is an avid supporter of Misha's designs – even relying on the designer to collaborate on her upcoming Smart Works charity project
The pursuit of a maternity wear collection in the future, however, is one way she might consider.
& # 39; May be. Never say never, & said Misha. & # 39; Of course I don't really know what motherhood would look like, but I am fascinated by what is now and how women do not really want to invest in that part of their wardrobe, because it is such a short period of time they wear those clothes for. & # 39;
& # 39; But if you don't want fast fashion, if you want something that is better quality or durable, how do you dress? & # 39;
& # 39; I wouldn't say no to that, it would just depend on the experience I personally have, like so much of the collection. & # 39;
Glimpse: Meghan teased the release of the Smart Works collection, which helped Misha design, behind the scenes
Although Misha has spent the last & # 39; a few months & # 39; worked on her wedding dress, at the same time she worked on the designs for the Meghan clothing collection for the Smart Works initiative.
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, is expected to unveil the range supporting the charity's efforts to make underprivileged and unemployed women interview-ready later this week.
For the time being, details of the project remain under strict embargo.
The duo have been close friends a few years ago since meeting at an event, and Meghan in particular took part in Misha at a November 2015 CFDA event in a designer metal dress – one that was immediately sold out.
For her first public appearance with Prince Harry in September 2017, Meghan also wore the best-selling white & # 39; the Husband & # 39; shirt, $ 185, from Misha's label.
In a self-written article for her guest-edited September issue of British Vogue, Meghan revealed that she contacted Misha to collaborate on a capsule collection that offered classic workwear options for women, including blouses, pants, blazers, dresses, and bags.
Although Misha showed earlier as part of the traditional New York Fashion Week show schedule, her commitment to sustainability has redefined her approach.
Misha designs her wares based on her logic: a capsule case consisting of non-hassle, high-quality staples that can be worn coherently: & # 39; My own needs & # 39; as she puts it.
Bestseller: for her first public performance with Harry, Meghan wore a classic white shirt from the Misha label of the same name
Jumpsuit: Designer Misha, left, is accompanied by model Bella Hadid, who wears the Magdalena jumpsuit, at the 2015 CFDA Awards
In 2015, she made the then-groundbreaking decision to unveil her Spring Summer 2016 collection via Instagram and upload look-book-like videos & # 39; s to an account set up specifically for the show.
& # 39; People were a bit shy whether or not they would approve of it & # 39 ;, she said about the step of presenting only through social media.
& # 39; Industry people didn't really know if they agreed not to do a New York Fashion Week show, but when they saw how successful it was in terms of impressions, shares, and visibility we gained. I think it has become a tactic that people work more and more. & # 39;
Sustainable: environmentally conscious fashion fan Emma Watson has also worn Misha's Magdalena jumpsuit – just like many brides
At the time, the clothing was also photographed on Instagram & # 39; s fashion head Eva Chen and Audrey Gelman, founder of The Wing.
In particular, Misha chooses to work with a certain collective of women who perform in their own field, rather than traditional influencer marketing and the use of social media stars.
Recently featured personalities on the brand's Instagram are Claire Wasserman, founder of the Ladies Get Paid network, fashion editor and co-founder of Milk Makeup Zanna Roberts Rassi and Pocket Sun, founder of a millennial venture capital company run by women.
& # 39; We enjoy working with people who are substantive in my mind and think about things in the same way that we think about things, & # 39; she agreed.
& # 39; Among the women we present on our Instagram account, they may have fewer than 5,000 followers – maybe they don't even have Instagram, that's not what it's about – it's what they do, and that we appreciate it and we want to mark it and show it. & # 39;
New York white walls from Misha Nonoo pop up in SoHo, which is open until the end of the year, contain motivational slogans such as & # 39; A girl's favorite position is CEO & # 39; and & # 39; Know your value, then add tax & # 39 ;.
Products from other women's brands The Laundress, Sarah Flint, Bee & Kin and Negative Underwear help fill the space of 2,300 square feet.
From the start in 2011, female empowerment has been at the center of everything Misha stands for.
& # 39; I really think it comes from growing up in the Middle East and seeing the way women dress differently there, & # 39; said Misha.
Baby shower: Misha was visited earlier this year during a snowy snowstorm during friend Meghan's baby shower at The Mark Hotel
Vacay: Before Meghan deleted her personal account, there were plenty of photos of her enjoying quality time with Misha, anyway, like this photo from a vacation to Spain
& # 39; Many women covered, their male colleagues & # 39; s didn't have to have a particular uniform like them. I didn't look at it that way then, but now I look at it and I think it has influenced me from a very young age, thinking of how women appeared, women want to empower. I think it should always be the choice of a woman what she looks like. & # 39;
Although she is grateful for her celebrity fans (Meghan has put & # 39; the man-shirt & # 39; on the map, and influential women like Gwyneth Paltrow to Sarah Jessica Parker have approved her clothes), Misha said that she gets the most pleasure from randomly seeing a stylish woman on the street wearing her designs.
& # 39; I think that everyone who endorses our values on their platform clearly makes sense, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; The beauty of celebrities is that they have a platform and can share your values and that is exciting so that you can reach a larger audience. But the woman on the street, the woman who bought and paid for the clothes if you don't know her … that means what you do works. & # 39;
& # 39; I really get that & # 39; n kick to see a woman on the street that I don't know (in my designs) and it always happens. I feel so blessed. & # 39;
& # 39; I have so & # 39; n deceptive syndrome that I look at someone in what is clearly my garment, but I will gasp and say: & # 39; Does she act on my clothes? Is it from someone else?! & # 39; And that is really exciting because I don't know this person, but that really makes sense. & # 39;
While she was literally chasing women to tell them enthusiastically that she was the designer responsible for their garment, she had to re-evaluate that approach.
& # 39; I received some weird responses when I did it! I once chased a woman down the street and said: & # 39; You are wearing my skirt! & # 39;
& # 39; Normally I get a better reception if I have Thatcher (my dog) with me, so I don't look so bad. I don't do it that often, it's not received so well, & she laughed.
The Misha Nonoo pop-up store in New York is open until the end of the year at 130 Greene Street, SoHo
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