Inkbramble’s Top Ten, NYFW: #9, Thakoon
Thakoon served up a rich platter of strong, ethnically diverse textiles this season in delightful, 18th century European court-inspired shapes. Refusing to offer a dull moment, Thakoon Panichgul maintained a firm commitment to vibrant prints and Marie Antoinette-esque bustles, but managed to make both of these far-flung inspirations very pertinent to the present moment. He managed to touch upon the best of New York’s trends this season, but they all seemed cool, clever and forward-thinking in his masterful hands.
He brought on the Maasai plaid in the season’s ubiquitous bright optical illusion-inducing blue and red, creating covetable taffeta puffy down parkas and simply draped dresses in these very un-grungy checkerboard prints. He then molded bright yellow and black batik into romantic ruched skirts and dresses with lots of leg – one standout skirt, illustrated below, had a long train in back (an emerging trend this season). And then on to the stripes and paisleys!
Those who know my fashion weaknesses are aware that I can’t resist nipped true waists, flouncy skirts, and peplums – not to mention vivid, mismatched prints – so it’s a given that Thakoon had me from the first look. Give me Versailles via Africa by way of New York, and I’m all yours.