Misha Nonoo expecting first child

Designer Misha Nonoo is pregnant with her first child. Nonoo, who is known for her eponymous line of women’s ready-to-wear clothing and her friendship with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she is preparing to welcome a baby boy. “We are …

Designer Misha Nonoo is pregnant with her first child.

Nonoo, who is known for her eponymous line of women’s ready-to-wear clothing and her friendship with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she is preparing to welcome a baby boy.

“We are so thrilled, it’s just really exciting. It’s a very grateful time of life,” she told People. “It’s pure magic. I’m so excited to meet our little baby when he comes!”

The New York-based designer shared that she is enjoying her pregnancy and has got “just a little bit longer to go” before she gives birth.

“I feel very lucky. I’ve had a wonderful pregnancy so far,” Nonoo added. “I think it’s just magical to think that as women we can actually create human life within us, so anytime that I feel tired or a little bit under the weather, I just remind myself of that and the great gift that is. It’s just an extraordinary journey.”

The pregnancy inspired the fashion star, who married Michael Hess in Rome last September, to launch a maternity line in collaboration with HATCH. Nonoo has created a button-down shirt and a shirt dress that are available in white, blue, and black and white stripe fabric – with the items inspired by her Husband Shirt. The pieces are designed to be worn before, throughout, and after pregnancy.

“A lot of my friends who have children already said the Husband Shirt is amazing because often when you’re breastfeeding you need to be able to open your blouse and you need to be able to do that with one hand frequently, and with the style of the Husband Shirt, it lends itself to that already, so we worked with HATCH on a proper maternity fit for both the shirt and the dress,” she commented.

The maternity line launched on her official website on Wednesday.

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Misha Nonoo enjoyed collaborating with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on clothing collection

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo enjoyed teaming up with her close friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to create an “empowering” clothing collection for charity.Back in September, the pair joined forces with British brands John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spenc…

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo enjoyed teaming up with her close friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to create an “empowering” clothing collection for charity.

Back in September, the pair joined forces with British brands John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer and Jigsaw to design and create a collection of clothes for Smart Works, an organisation that provides interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women.

Misha was given the task of designing the perfect white shirt for the project’s Smart Sets, a capsule working wardrobe stocked in the high street stores that also included an elegant blazer, tailored trousers, a flattering dress, and a tote bag.

“She really entrusted me with the responsibility of designing the piece,” she told ABC News’ podcast No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis. “When I showed her what I was thinking we had a little bit of a conversation about what other items might be worn with, the fact that it should be tailored, where this woman was going and when I showed her the idea that I had she was like, ‘Sounds great.'”

And for every Smart Set that is sold, one is donated to an unemployed woman looking to get back into work.

“The thing that I love the most about this business is empowering women, equipping women with clothes that are going to take them in any direction that they want to go, and that’s always what I want for myself,” she shared.

Items are now available in stores, online and in Smart Works dressing rooms across the U.K.

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Misha Nonoo designed own wedding dress

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo created her own wedding dress. The U.S.-based designer, who is best known for her eponymous line of women’s ready-to-wear clothing and her friendship with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, tied the knot with oil heir Mikey Hess at…

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo created her own wedding dress.

The U.S.-based designer, who is best known for her eponymous line of women’s ready-to-wear clothing and her friendship with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, tied the knot with oil heir Mikey Hess at Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy on Friday.

When it came to selecting what to wear for her big day, Nonoo admitted to People that it was difficult making a gown for herself.

“It was really hard,” she said. “When I’m designing a piece, I’m usually thinking about every woman. It has to tick a lot of boxes. When you’re thinking about designing something that you’re going to wear for one day and you have to really only think about yourself, it’s different.

“Obviously, you want your husband to think you look beautiful and you want your respective families to as well, but otherwise you can do whatever you want – you can have short sleeves, long sleeves, high neck, low neck, open back, no back. It makes it much more challenging.”

However, in the end, Nonoo decided the best solution was to have two dresses.

“I like to design with a set of parameters. (It took some time) for me to come to what it was going to be in the end. I had some ideas initially. I knew I wanted it to be traditional. So, I’ve opted for two dresses, so I can tick both boxes!” the fashion star added.

Paparazzi photos showed Nonoo wearing a simple white dress as she arrived at the venue, while a delicate ivory grown with embellished floral details was seen being carried into the villa. No official photographs of the dresses have been released.

Nonoo and Hess exchanged vows in front of a star-studded crowd including Meghan and Prince Harry, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner, and James Corden.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex unveils Smart Works collection

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has launched her capsule collection for Smart Works.In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which she guest-edited, Meghan announced she was teaming with executives at U.K. high street retailers Marks & Spencer,…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has launched her capsule collection for Smart Works.

In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which she guest-edited, Meghan announced she was teaming with executives at U.K. high street retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, and Jigsaw, as well as her fashion designer pal Misha Nonoo, to create a line specialising in professional clothing which will benefit Smart Works, an organisation which helps unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews.

After teasing the range for the past month, Meghan unveiled the full collection at an event in London on Thursday.

“When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career,” she said in a statement. “Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project – placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other – another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of.”

The Smart Set consists of the essentials often needed to attend interviews and enter into the workplace: a white shirt, an elegant blazer, well cut trousers, a dress that flatters everyone, and the perfect tote. Items are now available in stores, online and in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the U.K., and are offered in a range of different price points, sizes, and colours.

Meghan, who became the patron of Smart Works in January, went on to explain that she was inspired with idea for the line after discovering donations to the charity weren’t always the right choices or sizes.

And Kate Stephens, chief executive officer of Smart Works, is thrilled with the final result.

“We are incredibly grateful to the brands involved for making this possible. Every woman who walks through our door will know that another woman cares about her and has invested in her future,” she commented.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launching collection of workwear for charity

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is launching a capsule collection of workwear to help disadvantaged women get back into employment. In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which the actress-turned-royal guest-edited, the Duchess revealed she …

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is launching a capsule collection of workwear to help disadvantaged women get back into employment.

In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which the actress-turned-royal guest-edited, the Duchess revealed she was teaming up with executives of British high street retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw and her fashion designer pal Misha Nonoo to create a line specialising in professional clothing which will benefit the organisation Smart Works.

The charity offers free work clothing and interview coaching for unemployed women, and each time a piece is brought from the collection, a “like for like” item will be donated to it.

“When you walk into a Smart Works space you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes. Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes,” the 37-year-old wrote in the magazine.

“To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friends, the designer Misha Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe.

“Taking the idea further, many of the brands agreed to use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to the charity. Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”

At Smart Works, individuals receive a personalised styling session with a volunteer stylist as well as interview coaching. If a person lands the job, they can go back to the charity to receive up to five additional pieces of work-appropriate clothes.

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