The name, "Ninu Nina" stems from the alien language spoken by Robin Williams in "Mork & Mindy" ( a popular 1970's comedy show).

Photo by Sam Bassett

Photo by Sam Bassett

Interview by Manuela Antakly 

Leila Antakly is the Founder & Editor of Ninu Nina, this creative platform she started as a hobby in order to promote the work and creativity of her many talented friends. Many people ask her what is "Ninu Nina" and what does it mean? 

Leila: Ninu Nina is a silly word my sister ( you)  invented that sounds very much like  "Nanu Nanu" from a 70's comedy Mork & Mindy that I I used to love. It makes me smile to see people sound silly when they pronounce it and honestly didn't think about it too much I just wanted it to be fun with a component of  " outer space"  in the title cause really Ninu Nina is my own little galaxy.

What is the purpose of ninu nina?

Well I just want to share the work of interesting and creative people I meet from all over the world and want to be a resource of information. Blogs are an interesting form of communication because anyone has a say and if it catches on, these unknowns can all of the sudden become influencers. I find it so irritating when people use it to promote themselves, and use it as a form of constant advertising and product placement and eventually people will tire of it but i expect things will get worse.  I like to see variety when it comes to digital content, unique perspectives of the world combined with cool visuals. I just want to continue curating content and being the first to interview creatives at the beginning of their successful careers just Like the Mtv 80s slogan “ you hear it first”!

favourite music?

I can’t answer this one cause I love everything; trip hop, techno, house, old school hip hop, rock, New Wave 80's and alternative. here are some i listen to on repeat though.

  • Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky, Hooverphonic, Thievery Corporation,

  • The Cure, U2, Depeche Mode, Pharcyde, WU TANG,

  • Jamiroquai, Guns N Roses, Janes Addiction, Nirvana, Madonna, Dee Lite

  • Spanish music from the 80's like Los Hombres G,

  • DJ's such as Format B, Matthew Dear, Bookashade, M. A.N.D.Y, Magda, Carola and Locodice.

favourite fashion brands? 

  • Missoni, Zadig & Voltaire, Alberta Ferretti

  • Bottega Veneta, Nina Ricci

  • Proenza Schouler

  • and many of the brands that my friends have created which I post about on Ninu Nina.

  • I always loved the branding of Fiorucci and hope they make a comeback.

Favorite Stores?

  • Fiorucci, Corso Como 10, Colette

  • LuisaviaRoma

  • in London Top Shop, Dover St Market, Harvey Nichols, back in my high school days there was a Record shop off of Carnaby Street called Unity Records, I could spend hours there.

  • NY: Urban Outfitters, Intermix, and all the funky little stores in nolita, That Rat shop on Broadway has the best t -shirts ever.

  • Piaff, and Kitsch in Beirut

  • Sluiz in Ibiza

Favorite Restaurants in NY?

  • Woo Lae Oak - that was my all time favorite for so many years

  • Il Buco, Little Owl, Commerce

  • Mercadito Grove- fun place and great Mexican

  • Illili-super cool Lebanese and very proud of my friend who started the concept from A to Z and has created something very special.

Best Music Videos ever made?

  • Closer by Nine Inch Nails- Mark Romaneck

  • Windowlicker Aphex Twin

  • Bjork's All is Full of Love

  • growing up in the 80’s i always looked forward to a new Madonna video to see what she was going to do next.

  • Anton Corbjn who worked with Depeche Mode and U2

  • All the videos by this creative genius Floria Sigismondi

After a couple of attempts at production, you've mentioned how hard it is to break in to the industry. Tell us who are your Favorite Film Directors?

the greats like  Tarantino, Almodovar, Aronofsky and Danny Boyle to name a few.  Italian cinema really fueled my love for the film industry. 

Who are the most stylish girls in New York?

I think all my friends here have amazing style and unique ways of expressing themselves.  New Yorkers have amazing individual style, this city is just an endless runway, its pretty impossible to not feel inspired on a daily basis because fashion is such an important part of the city. Obviously ‘it girls ‘ create trends and fashionistas live and breathe style, but I don't think you have to be one of them to be original and elegant. You see style everywhere in this city and I love that. 

Fashion Icons?

  • Im going to be so unoriginal with my answer but I just really love Kate Moss's style and love her evolution.

  • My mother in the 70's and 80's ( I wish she had kept all her dresses and accessories)

  • Jane March in the film "The Lover"

  • Talitha Getty, Bianca Jagger

Best Websites out there in your opinion Leila?

Favorite Quotes:

  • " Psychedelic visions are my reality"- Lennon

  • "Be the change you want to see in the world"- Gandhi

  • "Love is not to look at one another but look together in the same direction"- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Laurent King Director/Cinematographer

Laurent King Director/Cinematographer

Glastonbury 2008

Glastonbury 2008