There was such an explosion of color and prints at Thakoon on Sunday night in The Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom, that by hue alone, one might forget the collection was designed for fall.
Designer Thakoon Panichgul drew from two very different worlds to create a uniquely cohesive statement that was both glamorous and street-friendly. Many of the pieces were inspired by Victorian dressing - mini skirts erupting into trailing trains, gathered sleeves, pouffy bow details, and neck chokers that were Elizabethan in nature. Other pieces, like the red and blue plaid asymmetrical dress and bold, black and yellow print dresses were whispers of East Africa. Even the colorful woven and feather hair details and smeared red eye makeup were reminiscent of tribeswomen.
Show attendees were dazzled by models coming and going, as some of the most charming details sat at the back of the ensembles. Mini capes fluttered at the back of one shoulder dresses and flouncy pleats accentuated the back of the waist. In addition, Panichgul also showed an array of instant updates to fall basics, including tailored pants in key fall stripes, cropped leather jackets, and cozy and cool puffer coats.
The combination of the pieces, both easy to wear pieces and eclectically inspired drew a roar of applause from the jam-packed audience, including a few standing ovations.