Met Gala 2018: Misha Nonoo wears an Elizabethan-inspired ruff

Meghan and Harry’s matchmaker Misha Nonoo wears an Elizabethan-inspired ruff reminiscent of the famous Queen… one week before her pal becomes a royal

  • Misha Nonoo is believed to have introduced Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a trip around Europe in the summer of 2016
  • Born in Bahrain, her father is an Iraqi businessman, her mother is English. The family moved to the UK when she was 11 and she attended school in Cobham
  • She now works in the fashion industry and resides in London, counting the likes of Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and Pippa Middleton as her friends
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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might not be happening next week if it weren’t for her.

And so socialite and fashionista Misha Nonoo was understandably looking pretty pleased with herself as she stepped out on the red carpet of the 2018 Met Gala on Monday night.

The 31-year-old blonde fully embraced the theme of the New York event as she appeared in a crisp white ruff that hung delicately around her neck, and a flowing black ensemble that fell uniformly around her frame.


Socialite and fashionista: Misha Nonoo stepped out on the red carpet of the 2018 Met Gala on Monday night in a crisp white ruff that hung delicately around her neck

The semi-sheer number featured black paneling at the bust, teased the fashion designer’s waist at the midriff and featured a cape-like feature, in keeping with the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination motif of the soiree. 

Scraping her blonde tresses back from her features, Misha’s ruff was secured with a thin black bow, which fell down the front of the outfit.

Her cape/blouse hybrid was tucked into a pair of baggy black trousers which covered whichever sure-to-be elaborate footwear she was sporting.

She kept her accessories minimal, simply adding a pair of black drop-earrings to the look.


Sleek: Her cape/blouse hybrid was tucked into a pair of baggy black trousers which covered whichever sure-to-be elaborate footwear she was sporting


Ruff-ling some feathers: Scraping her blonde tresses back from her features, Misha’s ruff was secured with a thin black bow, which fell down the front of the outfit


Pals: The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might not be happening next week if it weren’t for her (pictured with Misha in 2015)


Woman of the moment: Misha took the opportunity to connect Meghan and Prince Harry during a European holiday because she had long been friends with Harry and Prince William via her then-husband, who was at Eton with them

She finished things off with a dramatic dash of black across her eyelashes, keeping her features otherwise neutral with a wash of nude foundation.   

Misha met Meghan years ago after being seated next to one another during a lunch in Miami.

In the summer of 2016, Meghan and Misha took a three-week holiday in Europe, encompassing London, Madrid, Mallorca and Formentera — along with an executive from the Soho House group of private members’ clubs, Markus Anderson.

It was widely believed that Misha took the opportunity to connect Meghan and Prince Harry during that holiday because she had long been friends with Harry and Prince William via her then-husband, who was at Eton with them.

WHO IS MISHA NONOO? 

Born in Bahrain, her father is an Iraqi businessman, her mother is English.

The family moved to the UK when she was 11 and she attended the ACS International school in Cobham (where full boarding and tuition fees are now a stonking £45,560 a year).

She then spent two years in Paris, before taking a job in a small tailoring firm in New York.

She has said that she wanted to be a clothes designer since she was 11 years old. Within ten years, she had achieved that ambition via a fashion collection — initially only of jackets and coats.

A few seasons later, she had been dubbed ‘one to watch’ in New York, with Gossip Girl star Blake Lively wearing her clothes in Vogue magazine, and actress Kirsten Dunst being an early fan.

Influential stylist Olivia Palermo has championed her, and happily Palermo is also a pal of Meghan’s. 

Nonoo’s stellar social profile in New York did her professional success no harm, and this was partly founded on her marriage to Old Etonian Alexander Gilkes.

He rose from beginnings at the luxury concierge service Quintessentially to work for the LVMH luxury goods group, before moving into art and auctions.

Misha’s 2012 wedding to Gilkes, the son of a wealthy dermatologist, was a three-day bash in a 16th-century castle in Venice, with a live performance by singer Lana Del Rey.

Given that Meghan said this week that she knew almost nothing about Prince Harry before she met him, it’s interesting to note that Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice attended the Gilkes-Nonoo wedding in 2012.

Not only that, Meghan’s ‘sister’ Misha also went to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton the year before. So it’s not as though Meghan was entirely a stranger to the young royal set.

And in the summer of 2012, Gilkes hosted Pippa Middleton at the couple’s Manhattan townhouse when she was on a trip to the city.

All of the Middletons are pals with Gilkes — his nightclub entrepreneur brother Charlie once dated Pippa. Also, in 2013, Gilkes employed Princess Eugenie at his New York-based art auction house, Paddle8. 

Eugenie and Misha became chums, and the Princess is a regular at her Fashion Week parties. 


Misha has previously said of Meghan: ‘I love her to death. She is the coolest girl in the world. She has the most remarkable and generous spirit’

The newly engaged couple’s first date is thought to have happened right at the end of July, at a private members’ club in central London — either Soho House in Dean Street, or an establishment called 5 Hertford Street, Mayfair. 

Misha has previously said of Meghan: ‘I love her to death. She is the coolest girl in the world. She has the most remarkable and generous spirit.’

Misha is likely to be among the invitees at the wedding which will take place at St George’s Chapel on May 19. 

The Met Gala: Previous Themes

2017: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons Art of the In-Between 


Oh Ri Ri! Last year’s exhibition focused on the work of designer Rei Kawakubo and her creations for her fashion house, Comme des Garçons, with Rihanna’s ensemble acting as a showstopping tribute to the designer

Theme: Last year’s exhibition focused on the work of designer Rei Kawakubo and her creations for her fashion house, Comme des Garçons. Head curator at the Met, Andrew Bolton revealed why he chose to exhibit the work: ‘Just look at the clothes. They speak for themselves’

Dress code: The event called for ‘avant-garde’, leading to what Vogue described as a ‘wonderfully dichotomous’ red carpet display 

Most memorable ensemble: Rihanna’s typically wild ensemble was a particular stand-out look, as she trod the famed stairs before the venue in a sculptural laser-cut jacquard piece from the Comme des Garçons autumn/winter 2016 collection – which eventually featured in the exhibit

Missed the mark: Kendall Jenner’s sizzling sheer La Perla number was met with a lukewarm response, alongside a host of other stars, as many were accused of missing the point of the tribute to the boundary-breaking designer


Sheer delight: Kendall Jenner’s sizzling sheer La Perla number was met with a luke warm response, alongside a host of other stars, as many were accused of missing the point of the tribute to the boundary-breaking designer

2016: Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology


Nude ambition: The 2016 theme was described as a exploration of ‘how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear’ and saw Beyonce opt for sizzling Latex

Theme: The 2016 theme was described as an exploration of ‘how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear’

Dress code: Branded ‘the trickiest Met dress code ever’, the evening simply called for stars to nod to ‘technology’ in their ensembles 

Most memorable ensemble: Beyonce took a break from her Formation World Tour to attend the Gala, where she stopped the world’s press while sporting a nude latex gown from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. The event came in the midst of her ‘Becky’ drama, in which she hinted on her Lemonade album that husband Jay Z had cheated, and hot on the heels of the lyrics: ‘I can wear her skin over mine. Her hair over mine. Her hands as gloves. Her teeth as confetti’, many speculated the dress was supposed to signify ‘Becky’s’ skin

Missed the mark: When Gigi Hadid announced via Tommy Hilfiger’s Snapchat that she had partly designed her gown, fans were excited – however she was panned for the lack of imagination in her dress as she stormed the red carpet with boyfriend Zayn Malik – who was lauded for his armour-inspired look 


Not so good… Gigi Hadid was panned for the lack of imagination in her dress as she stormed the red carpet with boyfriend Zayn Malik – who was lauded for his armour-inspired look

2015: China: Through the Looking Glass


The dress to end all dresses: Rihanna made Met Gala history in 2015 at the exhibition which explored ‘the impact of Chinese design on Western fashion’ when she tore the famous stairs in the iconic vast yellow coat dress designed by Chinese designer Guo Pei

Theme: The exhibition explored ‘the impact of Chinese design on Western fashion over the centuries’. The stunning collection meant the exhibit drew record amount of visitors – knocking 2011’s Savage Beauty off the top 

Dress code: The oriental theme saw many stars take on an array of extremely varied interpretations of the dress code

Most memorable ensemble: Rihanna made Met Gala history in 2015, when she tore the famous stairs in the iconic yellow coat dress designed by Chinese designer Guo Pei. The moment she emerged on to the red carpet the fur-trimmed, intricately embroidered masterpiece became an Internet sensation – with memes, fan accounts and unbridled glee being born worldwide

Missed the mark: Kris Jenner’s bold ensemble was widely-panned, with the Eighties-inspired shoulder pads and huge waist belt meaning she was lost in the gown. Lucky magazine editor-in-chief Eva Chen said at the time: ‘The fit of dress was not good on her. She just got lost in the dress a bit. The shoulder pads were kind of big and clunky and the dress just overwhelmed her’


Not so much: Kris Jenner’s bold ensemble was widely panned, with the Eighties-inspired shoulder pads and huge waist belt meaning she was lost in the gown

2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion 


A vision: The 2014 gala was a nod to British fashion designer Charles James, who was widely known as America’s First Couturier and Sarah Jessica Parker was widely considered to have stolen the show in her exquisite Oscar de la Renta gown

Theme: The 2014 gala was a nod to British fashion designer Charles James, who was widely known as ‘America’s First Couturier’. The exhibition was the opening collection for the Anna Wintour Costume Center wing of the Met 

Dress code: Vogue described the year’s theme as a homage to ‘the technologically advanced couturier Charles James and white tie’

Most memorable ensemble: The red carpet was indisputably stolen by Sarah Jessica Parker’s Oscar de la Renta masterpiece, which saw the Sex And The City legend’s famously petite frame exquisitely clad in a perfectly cut black bustier trimmed with acres of monochrome skirt and a checked train – with the gown rounded out with the late designer’s signature drawn out in a delicate red scribble

Missed the mark: Lena Dunham’s Giambattista Valli Couture dress was deemed ‘too cocktail’ for an event as decadent the Met Gala. The mullet-hemmed dress appeared to clash with her smokey eye and choppy bob due to its frothy style contrasting against her cutting edge beauty regimen


Far off the mark: Lena Dunham’s Giambattista Valli Couture dress was deemed ‘too cocktail’ for an event as decadent the Met Gala

 2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture


Rock out! The wildly popular exhibit acted as a homage to the punk movement and illustrate how the era impacted on the fashion industry, with Sarah Jessica Parker’s Philip Treacy mohawk being the perfect tribute to the time

Theme: The wildly popular exhibit acted as a homage to the punk movement and illustrate how the era impacted on the fashion industry. The show featured pieces from punk pioneer Vivienne Westwood alongside Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang. A stand-out piece featured was the legendary Gianni Versace safety-pin dress worn by Elizabeth Hurley in 1994

Dress code: The clue was in the name for the year’s dress code – with some stars taking Punk too literally and others barely giving a nod to the look at all

Most memorable ensemble: Again, Sarah Jessica Parker stole the crown when she trod the red carpet while rocking a mohawk hat designed by milliner Philip Treacy. Speaking of that particular night, she said: ‘Me, literally sitting on the floor of the car in order to accommodate my Mohawk was pretty freaking amusing’. She perfected the look with her edgy Giles Deacon gown

Missed the mark: While she stayed true to the theme, Madonna’s 2013 Met Gala look was veering on the side of fancy dress as she dressed up in a choppy black wig, a blazer, no trousers, suspenders and staggering pink heels. The Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci look was extremely divisive yet in true Madonna-style – widely-discussed 


Not so much… While she stayed true to the theme, Madonna’s 2013 Met Gala was veering on the side of fancy dress

 

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