Frida Kahlo, Flamingos, And Squeaky-Clean Sneakers At Nonoo

One downside to the one-season-ahead fashion cycle is seeing designers present the most covetable of spring wares just as we prepare to pull the jackets and scarves out from the depths of our closets. This was just the case yesterday, as we gazed longingly at the crisp summer whites, palm print dresses, and brightly-colored shorts at Nonoo‘s Spring presentation.

Designer Misha Nonoo said she was inspired by “a childhood trip to Habana — the crumbling facades of buildings, how all of the vibrant colors have faded from years in the scorching sun” as well as the crumbling grandeur captured in the photography of Michael Eastman. And while Nonoo has yet to revisit Cuba since, she gets by by “always traveling in my head,” a fact which was evident in the collection’s wanderlust aesthetic. These were clothes for good times with great friends (and, yes, great weather), perfect for a garden party or a leisurely weekend getaway. How could one not have fun in a flamingo print dress? It simply seems impossible.

Sheer mesh panels in white cotton pieces were a reflection of Deco influences, while printed fabric braided through the hair gave off a Frida Kahlo vibe. And no fussy 4-inch pumps on squirmy, pained models here — each look was topped off with a pair of bright white Supergas. A wise choice indeed.

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