Soft, flowing style engages local designer
Who knew that a computer engineer could create sexy off-the-shoulder cocktail dresses that would make a glamour girl blush? Nina Rahal-Kharey, designer for her own label House of Nonie, is achieving exactly that.
Rahal-Kharey has had a knack for designing and sketching since junior high school, but decided on pursuing a more reliable profession -- until a few years ago.
"I lost my brother to violence, which was my trigger to listen to myself and do what I love doing," she says. Sketching was her therapy for coping with his loss.
Rahal-Kharey debuted her Spring 2010 collection at Alberta Fashion Week last fall, featuring short, flowing dresses with a signature one sleeve, and sari influence in draping.
For 2010, Rahal-Kharey plans on taking her local success to Montreal and New York. And you can be the first to check out her Fall/ Winter 2010 collection at Alberta Fashion Week in March.
"I've met so many great people, and am now looking for an agent. Designing is something that I love and hope to do it full time."
House of Nonie is available at Worth (119, 1013 17th Ave. S.W.); it's also online at houseofnonie.com.
She would best describe her style as:
Crazy. "I will try and put different pieces together that most wouldn't wear, and try to make it work."
Definition of Nonie:
"Nonie is my nickname, it was a love name that my dad gave me when I was born."
House of Nonie esthetic:
"Very natural, organic and flowing. I use lots of silks and chiffons, and I always include a tutu in my collections, because it's so feminine and classic."
Rahal-Kharey transformed her style from classic suits and dresses to risk-taking with colour and dabbling with elements of punk rock.
A Chanel Classic Flap handbag is a fashion investment that Rahal-Kharey says will last her a lifetime.
A pair of leg warmers. "My legs are not long enough."
Chunky rings and lots of bracelets.
Chanel No. 5.
Japanese street style, and strong women such as Michelle Obama and Audrey Hepburn.
Favourite places to shop:
Coco and Violet, and Worth.
Make it go away:
Ugg boots worn with pyjama pants.
Bring it back:
Padded shoulders in blazers. "It's a very strong look on women."
Rahal-Kharey supports local boutiques and loves wearing Nuj Novakhett from Coco and Violet and her own line House of Nonie.
A fitted blazer with a high waist skirt and red lipstick is all she needs to set the world on fire.
Look for spring:
A pair of baggy shorts from her own collection.