ThakoonPanichgul is the king of colour. Just take the bright blue and pink hair in his Indian-inspired S/S12 collection as a case in point. So with that said it was hardly surprising that he stuck with this despite the fact that bright colours have so far fallen out of favour with designers this season. One skirt came with in vertical coloured panels in black, blue, purple and then red. Strong coats came in purple and a red long sleeve round neck top came tucked into high waisted pink skirt.
Unfortunately quite like last season, the collection was a bit hit and miss. While I loved the single breasted jackets that were accentuated and corseted at the waist, his experimentation with shape didn't work on many of the skirts that were not flattering on the models.
I've always been a fan of Thakoon Panichgul and now even more so after his Spring/Summer 2011 show yesterday. Cementing white as the new colour of the season, the designer was a lot more playful with the neutral palette than we've seen so far. Despite the chiffon sleeves and floaty maxi dresses, the Thakoon girl isn't demure at all. If we had his way we'd be baring all come Spring. Dresses mainly came in short styles but even on simple maxi dresses the legs were the focal point as they often came in sheer fabrics, Lady Gaga style.
Again like brands such as Preen the appeal was all in the detail. Dresses came in what looked like subtle floral prints in lilac with eyelets running down the front. Structured jackets added an edge in a collection that was dominated by softer silhouettes. Amongst the neutrals appeared blue snakeskin on a mini dress and on a high waisted skirt and like Alexander Wang, Thakoon also played with silver on sheer maxis and oversized blouses and waistcoats. Whilst aligning himself with the the key themes this season, Thakoon did offer something additional and interesting.
What do the likes of Thakoon Panichgul, Behnaz Sarafpour and Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia all have in common? Be it more exercise, less drink, more sleep, or less shopping, they too have New Year's resolutions they hope to keep, just like the rest of us. Thanks to WWD now we now know that Thakoon, for example, not content with dressing the likes of Michelle Obama, Rachel Bilson and Demi Moore, has his heart set on learning Japanese. Sarafpour, whose celerity clientele include Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes and Selma Blair, knows that going to the gym "just won't happen." Instead she is "aiming for something more realistic and will try to become more of a morning person." Bendet, who can count Khloe Kardashian and Anna Lynne McCord as fans, has her sights set on getting "my driver's license so I can get a pink Smart car."
Luckily for them, the first step of deciding on a resolution has been taken. We, however, are still struggling to come up with goals we know we can actually stick to. Any suggestions will be very welcome.
If fashion were like gym class, then Alexander Wang would always be picked first for dodgeball. The San Francisco-born designer (and former Teen Vogue intern) has already won the 2009 Swarovski Award for Womenswear and the 2008 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and now he's up for more recognition as a nominee for the 100,000-euro Swiss Textile Award.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte were the first Americans to take the award when they won last year, and now, half of the six nominees are from the US. Thakoon Panichgul and Ohne Titel are also up for the honour, along with Erdem, Alexis Mabille and Peter Pilotto. The winner will be announced Nov. 12.
People scared of and/or rejected by Anna Wintour in the trailer of 'The September Issue': Thakoon Panichgul, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Grace Coddington, Mario Testino and Edward Enninful. And that's in a brief two-and-a-half minutes of footage.
Director RJ Cutler's upcoming documentary seems to be a sort of real-life 'The Devil Wears Prada' that chronicles the making of Vogue's September 2007 issue, its largest ever. Text on the Sienna Miller cover is too large ("It looks like it's for blind people," says Wintour), a de la Renta runway look is not "exciting"...the people this editor has to deal with!
Wintour is said to have members of her staff patrolling Facebook for feedback about the movie, and with screener copies hard to come by, even major editors and designers are hosting secret global watch parties. When the film comes out Sept. 11, we'll be watching with our own September issues in hand.
A film about con menwho swindle millionaires out of their fortunes - and then take an heiress around the world - drew quite the crowd to New York last night. The Cinema Society screening of 'The Brothers Bloom', starring Rachel Weisz, was a mostly fashionable affair. Save for an incident of purple lace tights and Adrien Brody's freer-than-ever hair.
Marni's Consuelo Castiglioni admitted to Style.com that she was nervous people would show up hungover - or just not show up - to her boutique opening in New York's Upper East Side on Tuesday. After all, she was hosting an event the night after fashion's Oscars, the Met Ball.
But she shouldn't have worried about turnout. She even had a special canine visitor, since a worn-out Thakoon Panichgul took his new puppy, Stevie (as in Nicks), along for the soiree.