Monday, February 14, 2011

New York Fashion Week - Thakoon

  Over the last few days New York has been buzzing with the Ready-to-wear collections for fall.  Mercedes-Benz Fashion week is once again showing us the best of American fashion.

  Designer Thakoon Panichgul presented a collection that took influence from East Africa.  Patterns taken from the Maasai warrior, made for the red and blue plaid used in the collection.  The show opened with this bold pattern in a waist cinched jacket worn over rich blue skinny trousers followed by a perfectly draped dress.

  Panichgul was born in Thailand and immigrated to America as a young boy but, his cultural upbringing always finds its way into his creative process.  He is often described as a forward thinking designer in the way he constructs his garments.  Certainly not vintage, yet he finds a unique way to draw inspiration from the old; peplums, draping, ruffles and layers.

His clothing has been worn by celebrities including, First Lady, Michelle Obama, Sienna Miller and Drew Barrymoore.  In 2007 he created a collection for The Gap and in 2009 he designed a limited edition collection for Target

  For fall 2011 the structure of his jackets include variations that are puffy, structured or basket-like.  The show featured a full silk taffeta skirt, batik prints and stripes along with rich hues of yellow and cobalt blue.

Watch the video below with the entire show for Fall 2011.


Photos: Giovanni Giannoni

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