Thakoon Fall 2011 Review

Thakoon Fall 2011 RTW

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Thakoon Fall 2011 collection

SHOW: Thakoon (See the full runway collection)

THEME: Worldly, futuristic rococo

ACCESSORIES: Patterned ankle boots, knit pom-pom hats, fabric and pom-poms woven into beautifully sculptural hair

HAIR: Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris

MAKEUP: Diane Kendal for Nars Cosmetics

FRONT ROW: A gaggle of editors, from Anna Wintour to Glenda Bailey to Joe Zee

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Imagine the lounge at an impossibly chic United Nations, once the U.N. headquarters reopens.

Last Fall, Thakoon Panichgul went back to nature, but this time he came indoors with a vivid, global vision. Over rhythmic tribal thuds, taps and clatters, his models paraded a persuasive collection around a gilded room at the Plaza Hotel.

There were nods to 18th-century European dress in the puffed-out hips, bustles, and breakaway coats. (Versailles as a trend for Fall is perhaps one of the more interesting themes we’ve encountered.) Cheery yellow batik and a bright Maasai plaid of blue and crimson brought a fresh vitality to the silhouettes.

Maintaining his reputation as a prince of prints, Panichgul showed a few striking patterns. The golden batik and an African paisley spiked with red were standouts.

Several of the first looks were thickly layered with down-filled taffeta jackets, vests, and short, pleated skirts. For every poufed or ruched shape, though, there was a tightly belted waist. He brought the volume down on bottom, too, with cigarette pants or front-seamed stretch twill trousers.

Careful draping rotated around the dresses, from hip to shoulder. Some of the best were the simplest, such as a side-draped charmeuse dress with an asymmetric neckline in a dreamy, twilight-blue shade.

Mink-trimmed flourishes waved from the back of a few short dresses with draped shoulders—just what you’d picture at a soigné state dinner. And with this collection, you’ll be fit for the occasion, regardless of your dinner companion.