Designer Misha Nonoo and Mikey Hess have thrown a dinner at one of Rome’s swankiest eateries for their wedding guests to kick start their nuptials, Page Six has learned.
The designer and the energy entrepreneur have invited 300 of their closest friends from around the globe to join them as they say “I do” Friday in the Italian capital. And as we first revealed, Nonoo’s BFF Meghan Markle and hubby Prince Harry — aka the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — are on hand to celebrate.
Guests including supermodel Karlie Kloss and her husband Joshua Kushner were treated to dinner Thursday night at Pierluigi, one of Rome’s oldest restaurants.
While Markle and Harry weren’t Pierluigi, we’re told it was a “beautiful” dinner. A crowd then moved on to the famous Hotel de Russie for drinks, where things were last seen getting raucous. An onlooker said: “People are getting very merry, hanging out at the bar.” Other guests include Princess Beatrice with her boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi — who were just spotted soaking up the sun on the Amalfi Coast.
Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie will also be there with her husband Jack Brooksbank, alongside Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom. Newlywed Ellie Goulding and husband Casper Jopling will also attend.
Hola! magazine reports that the wedding will take place in Villa Aurelia at 6pm on Friday to coincide with the sunset, and will be followed by a gala dinner and a dance.
The dress code apparently states women should wear full-length dresses and men should dress in tuxedos for the star-studded nuptials, which will take place in the stunning 7th-century villa, which boasts incredible views across Rome from its gardens.
Nonoo and Hess will keep the celebrations going on Saturday. As well as exploring Rome, guests will enjoy lunch together before gathering for another big dinner in the Cinecittà film studios — where the theme is “la dolce vita”.
It’s not yet known how long the Sussexes will stay as the trip comes just days they embark on their first royal tour with baby Archie, with the family due to arrive in Cape Town on Monday.
We’re told there is a social media ban at the glitzy bash — mostly due to the appearance of the Sussexes, who flew to Italy on a commercial plane without five-month-old Archie following the row over their use of private jet trips this summer.
Nonoo has been friends with Markle for years after meeting through a mutual friend in Miami while the royal was an actress on “Suits”, saying of her pal: “I love her to death. She is the coolest girl in the world.” She jetted to London last week to be by Markle’s side as she debuted the capsule wardrobe they collaborated on together for the Smart Works charity. And the designer has been a fierce defender of the new mom, telling the “Today” show that criticism of Markle and Harry is vicious, saying: “I think it’s unjust, and I think that people should really focus on the good work they do. A good example of that is [that] this is her first official engagement after having had her baby, (and) it’s all about empowering women, all about what she has essentially always sought to do.”
For Nonoo and Hess, it’s a merging of two dynasties. Hess is a scion of the massively wealthy Hess oil family. His dad John Hess is the CEO of the Hess Corporation, and his brother David launched the successful Bondi sushi restaurants in NYC. Meanwhile, Nonoo’s mom is British and her father is a Bahraini Jew and member of the prominent Nonoo family. The family emigrated from Iraq to the capital, Manama, in the early twentieth century and can count members of Parliament, the founder of the Bahrain Human Rights Society and a former ambassador to the United States among its ranks.
It’s Nonoo’s second wedding in Italy — she married Brit Alexander Gilkes in a lavish ceremony in Venice in 2012 also attended by Beatrice and Eugenie. Gilkes is an old Etonian and creator of auction house “Paddle8” who went to school with Princes William and Harry. He’s now dating tennis champ Maria Sharapova.