We’ve met many collectors: Tommy and Dee Hilfiger and their Warhols, Lisa Perry and her pop art, Ryan Korban and his taxidermy, Mickey Boardman and his royal family paraphernalia, Khloé Kardashian and her Louboutins, Ramya Giangola and her Céline…the list is endless! But we’ve yet to encounter a collector quite like Misha Nonoo, whose quirky assortment of hats ranges from the typical pilot to the surrealist Star Wars and just about anything in between. She’s even got a few Philip Treacy toppers perfect for a royal wedding-like affair. (Fun fact: Nonoo and her dashing husband attended the Royal nuptials of Prince William and Kate!)
And the designer had her own fairy tale-like wedding, complete with a performance by the one and only, Lana Del Ray. (We know; we wish we got an invitation, too!) When we popped by Nonoo’s pad early on a Saturday morning, we quickly got to chatting about newlywed life and even got to watch some footage of the magical event. Think: Venice, a secluded island, a glass house and a “three-day affair [that] was equal parts James Bond and Great Gatsby,” according to W Magazine. Nonoo flipped through the photo album reminiscing the evening with us.
“For my wedding day, I designed my own gown, which was made entirely out of my three favorite types of lace: Chantilly, Binche and Guipure,” she told us. “I always add a touch of French lace in each collection as a subtle, romantic detail. Designing my own wedding dress encouraged me to start my own signature eveningwear collection, which launched this February.”
The Bahrain-born, London-bred designer welcomed us with a warm hospitality, showing us everything from her antiques to her art. Her eye of the offbeat and interesting truly resonated with our own: empty wine bottles with overflowing candle wax, mini KAWS collectibles and matryoshka dolls. As an avid traveler and history buff, it’s easy to see the whimsical objects she’s acquired along the way: an antique telephone from Portobello Market, Andy Warhol’s Queen Elizabeth II and even her very own Buckingham Palace guard in her living room. You know what they say: You can take the girl out of London, but you can’t take London out of the girl!