Q&A with Nonie Designer Nina Kharey on Day 2 of Toronto Fashion Week

On Day 2 of Toronto Fashion Week, contemporary womenswear brand Nonie presented its Fall/Winter 2018 collection in association with RE\SET fashion. Calgary-based founder and creative director Nina Kharey is best known for taking inspiration from menswear aesthetics and her Indian heritage, and counts boldfaced names such as Chantal Kreviazuk, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Meghan Markle as fans. We caught up with Kharey to get the scoop on her latest line.

What was the inspiration behind this season?
“I focused on wools and cottons. I wanted to keep the esthetic moody and I wanted it to feel more masculine. I chose colours but kept them dark; I was drawn to mustard and forest green. I’ve always loved showing off a woman’s décolleté. I did an off-the-shoulder piece a few seasons ago but this season I wanted to do a tube dress, but very simply and elegantly.”

You introduced a new silhouette in this collection. Can you tell us about it?
“As a petite woman, I’ve always had difficulty finding the perfect trouser. This season, I’m proud to introduce a cropped wide legged pant which I believe makes trousers approachable for all women.”

Who is the Nonie woman?
“My woman is confident, educated, she’s an intellect and she believes less is more.”

What does it mean to you to be showing in Toronto Fashion Week?
“It’s huge to be showing at Toronto Fashion Week! Before I started designing, I watched the shows on TV, on the Internet — I thought I’d never get to the point of showing my own collection. Both my parents are in the industry, and this is something I always wanted to be involved in.”


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