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  • Misha Nonoo and Dree Hemingway in Nonoo clothing, Albertus Swanepoel for Nonoo hats, Manolo Blahnik for Nonoo shoes Ⓒ Vogue

  • Gerard Richter in a fragment of  “Gerard Richter Painting” documentary

  • Nonoo s/s 2014 collection

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Misha Nonoo pays homage to Richard Richter in her s/s 2014 collection

Misha Nonoo was inspired in a recent visit to the Venice Biennale by the work of German artist Gerard Richter and created for her spring/summer collection a series of fabulous patterns that evoke the blurred leitmotifs of the famous painter. Gerard Richter is one of the world’s most expensive living artists and has broken selling records various times. His work is characterized by a tireless exploration of abstraction and color and a unique use of transparency, translucency, opacity and reflection. Nonoo’s recent collection was inspired by the freedom and motion associated with Gerard Richter’s paintings, blended with the colors and stateliness of the English countryside. “I loved the patterns in his paintings and wanted to design something that was incredibly feminine, but still strong.” said recently the British designer to Marie Claire. “It was about using different textures, but everything looking very soft, very wearable, and nothing that’s too structured or too close to the body” she continued.

This was the first ever runaway show for Misha Nonoo, captivating the New York Fashion Week attendees with its light, carefree spirit. Misha used a bold, colorful palette and mixed elegantly florals with pictorial abstractions. The set design was inspired by the idea of an English garden, with manicured box hedges and wildflowers. Misha also played with the idea of leaving things half done, like printing half of a piece and letting the other half just be, paying homage to Richter’s abstractness. “He’s this great master who’s so comfortable with himself and had the initiative to have fun with his craft,” she said to style.com. “It really inspired me in terms of this season’s woman.”