June 05, 2012 New York
After Spring's trip to the red light district, for Resort, Thakoon lightened up. No more confessional screens and bleeding hearts. This collection was cake. Thakoon Panichgul spoke of 3-D jacquards inspired by frosting, and sorbet colors like pistachio, mint, and bubble gum pink. He dismissed the idea of a complicated, Sturm und Drang collection for this sales-driven season. Better to give the girls (and the retailers) what they want, in the form of little kick skirts, throw-on, mixed-media tops, cinch-waist dresses, and a few prints. Intricate fabrics belied the no-fuss first look: basket-weave linen with candy-colored stripes, jacquarded organza like a three-dimensional gingham. (Some of his fabrics blew up those motifs to super-size—"extracted" was the word he used.) They reminded you that there's method to it, too. And the sharp notches of the V-necks and backs helped to cut through the sweet.
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