Hi.

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

WHAT IS NINU NINA

Interview by Manuela Antakly 

My sister, Leila Antakly is the Founder of this platform which she started as a hobby in order to promote the work and creativity of her many talented friends. She always gets asked about the name and its meaning so we decided to set the record straight and explain.

"Nanu Nanu" comes from a 70's comedy show Mork & Mindy that I used to watch everyday starring robin williams. I’ve always been obsessed with space and aliens and it makes me smile to see people sound silly when they pronounce it. I just wanted it to be fun with a component of  " outer space"  in the title cause really this site s a little galaxy of curated content. -Leila

What is the purpose of this site Leila?

I don’t like describing it as a blog, and I don’t consider myself a blogger, I prefer to think of this as a small community platform or online gallery.

I like to see variety + creativity when it comes to digital content, unique perspectives of the world combined with cool visuals. and/or music I want to continue curating content and being the first to interview creatives at the beginning of their careers just Like the MTV news slogan from the 80’s I grew up hearing “ you hear it first!”.

You always ask your creatives on their inspirations, tell us yours.

Well I guess that’s why I started this site, I love music, everything from trip hop, techno, house, old school hip hop, to disco, hard rock, classic psychedelic rock, 80's and alternative, i mean everything. I’ve been meeting lots of interesting dj’s, singers and amazing musicians, so I thought it would be nice to give them a platform to share their inspirations. As for favourites, there’s too many in this list:

  • Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky, Thievery Corporation,

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

  • Jamiroquai, Janes Addiction, Nirvana, Madonna, Sade

  • 90’s cheesy dance stuff, Spanish music from the 80's like Los Hombres G, and so many dj’s.

You’ve worked in fashion for a long time what about fashion brands or designers?

  • Missoni and Alberta Ferretti

  • Bottega Veneta, Nina Ricci

  • and many of the brands that my friends have created which I post about on Ninu Nina., specially accessories. Please have a look at our fashion and design tab . One of my favourites is Paula Mendoza jewelry, she’s just amazing. and I love corto clutches.

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

  • I love brands that combine art and fashion, and make statement and structural pieces designed for a strong and confident woman. But I don’t like when people take themselves too seriously with fashion.

  • I love brands that focus on ethical craftsmanship and help their production communities in return, jadetribe for example.

Favorite Stores?

  • In D.C we used to have some amazing punk shops in Georgetown in the 90s like Commander Salamander, Bohemia and a great vintage one on M street where I always hoped I’d run into Siouxsie Sioux.

  • Corso Como 10, Colette in Milan and Paris

  • For high school I was in the U.K and I preferred to buy stationary , the Face magazine and LIberty fabrics over clothes. I would spend my weekly allowance on those Liberty hair scrunchies . That store has always been so beautiful. Close by there was a tiny record shop, ( off of Carnaby street) called Unity Records and I would spend a long time in there fascinated by the underground rave music and the dj’s flipping through vinyls there, who wondered what a little twerp like me was doing in there.

  • Luisaviaroma in Florence, I am so proud I worked on a few collaborations with them.

  • Kirna Zabete, AnNa Sui , Maryam Nassir Zadeh and little boutiques in nolita in New york.

  • Piaff and Sarah’s Bag in Beirut

  • Outlet shopping in Milan with my college roomie!

  • Most of the shops on Melrose in L.A, specially ones where I can find really cool Grateful Dead tie dye t shirts.

  • Hippie markets in goa and ibiza.

Best Music Videos ever made?

Tell us about some Director’s who inspire you and some advice about the industry.

Fellini, Tarantino, Almodovar, Aronofsky and Danny Boyle to name a few.  Italian cinema always fueled my love for this field, so I went to study production in Prague at FAMU. Unfortunately I was told I would be a better actress than director by the program directors. its a super tough industry to break into, I worked with HBO, and National Lampoon, and I am pretty sure both films have the worst ratings ever on Rotten Tomatoes! I think anything that could go wrong during a production happened while filming “ Pledge This” with Paris HIlton in MIami we had three hurricanes in one month. The biggest lesson I learned is that everyone has to see eye to eye and agree on the way forward, ( kind of like in a relationship).

Who are the most stylish girls in New York?

NY’ers all have amazing style and unique ways of expressing themselves.  This city is just an endless runway, and its pretty impossible to not feel inspired on a daily basis because fashion is such an important part of the city and its energy. 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 unique style everywhere in this city and I love that. 

Fashion Icons?

  • I’m going to be so unoriginal with my answer but I just really love Kate Moss's style throughout the years.

  • My Mom in the 70's and 80's

  • Jane March in the film "The Lover"

  • Talitha Getty, Bianca Jagger

  • Patricia Field ‘s creativity as a stylist and icon for her work on Sex and the City.

Best Websites out there in your opinion Leila?

There are so many now its so hard to keep up with all of them but I love ones that fuse, art, design, and music mostly.

Best NYC MEMORY?

Definitely the after party for Saturday Night Live’s 30th anniversary ( hosted by Cameron Diaz and the Smashing Pumpkins). All the comedians of SNL including all the old school favourites were there- Akroyd, John Goodman, Steve Martin, etc. LIke a dream. Oh and maybe a Resolute after party at a brooklyn gym.

Favorite Quote

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

How do you see this site develop in time?

I would like to keep sharing the work of interesting creative people but I would also like to use it as a platform to share the work of interesting volunteers and ngo’s all over the world. I’d like it to benefit these carefully selected small non profits that are completely transparent on how donations are spent and put to use. That would be my ultimate aim, eventually.

I don’t want to monetize the site because that would change the content and overall feel, its hard understanding how to grow my audience when the tools are constantly changing and I have to learn to keep up, i hope the content is interesting enough that it will just grow organically.

One of my favourite places in the world, london circa 92

One of my favourite places in the world, london circa 92

30th anniversary of L’uomo vogue, one of the most exciting events of my career

30th anniversary of L’uomo vogue, one of the most exciting events of my career

A cover during my time as a fashion assistant at Italian Vogue

A cover during my time as a fashion assistant at Italian Vogue

This magazine and mtv both probably my greatest inspirations

This magazine and mtv both probably my greatest inspirations

Laurent King Director/Cinematographer

Laurent King Director/Cinematographer

Glastonbury 2008

Glastonbury 2008