For Spring 2020, designers went all out went it came to innovative presentations -- from a café atmosphere with a rose petal runway at Lela Rose to a Dr. Seuss-inspired alleyway show at Cynthia Rowley.
But for Nina Kharey of Canadian label NONIE, a classic runway show format was not on the table -- a three course curated meal was.
For the unveiling of the NONIE Spring/Summer 2020 collection, guests were invited to an exclusive luncheon on the roof of the The NoMad Hotel in Manhattan where they were able to view this season's pieces while listening to an inspiring panel conversation featuring Kharey herself, esteemed poet Rupi Kaur and CEO of Venus Et Fleur Seema Bansal Chadha.
Kharey explained her inspiration behind presenting this season's collection in this format:
"These pieces are an extension of my thoughts and I thought it would be such a great idea to get women in here, men in here who have powerful stories or who want to hear about women who struggled in their cultures to break barriers. And I know that for me that was a huge thing.
I wanted to bring my clothes out here and I wanted to make an impact -- I wanted to tell a story and I wanted to create a conversation rather than just a show of clothing."
Check out the NONE Spring 2020 collection below:
The collection is both a nod to and celebration of Kharey's Indian heritage, with clean cuts and lines made more modern and versatile with draping and wrapping made to mimic the tying techniques of a Sari.
For Kharey, staying true to who she is has been crucial in developing her line, and its that authenticity that's garnered the attention of some highly notable clients:
“Meghan Markle became a client when she was on Suits … this is really just an extension of me. What you see up here — I don’t really describe it as clothing, I describe it more like my art and my thoughts in clothing form. So when I see someone wearing it, anybody, i immediately feel such a connection … they see something in those pieces of clothes too.
When I saw Meghan [Markle] wearing it after she got married that was kind of my stamp of approval, the royal stamp of approval that I needed and it just felt like everything I’m doing is on the right track."
Standout pieces from this season's collection include a Peruvian alpaca shawl and a sleeveless, white silk taffeta dress.
Kharey also revealed a T-shirt collaboration with Telus in support of the brand's #EndBullying Campaign, in an effort to continue to grow the conversation around fashion into something much more multifaceted:
"How many people are sitting and having meaningful conversations around clothing? I don’t want to just make outfits, I want to inspire others and I want to do good as well. Simply put, I just want to do good."
If this collection is any indication, we'd say NONIE is on track to do exactly that.
Take a look through our favorite Street Style looks from NYFW Spring 2020: