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.