There's a reason certain themes keep popping up in fashion. Boho, for instance, will always have traction because it's such a relatable aspiration—who hasn't wanted to be a woman footloose, globe-trotting, eclectic in her taste and gleaning a little of this, a little of that, from that souk or this obscure market? How fab! And better yet, not entirely out of reach to the masses. We can't all be Talitha Getty, but save up vacation days and you, too, can book a stay at a nice riad in Marrakech and swan about in a caftan. This season, Thakoon Panichgul heeded the siren call of boho, making his latest Thakoon Addition
collection a potpourri of Orientalist themes. There were peasant blouses and embroidered maxi dresses in Indian paisley and floral cotton voile. There were mirror embroideries and sweater shag redolent of Berber rugs. There was fringe. The elements were familiar, but Panichgul deployed them well, and sometimes in unexpected ways. To wit, the menswear shirting tops and dresses, in natty stripes, which featured mirror embroidery. But the really nice thing here was the collection's sense of texture, as though Panichgul were inviting his customers to immerse themselves fully and sensually in his bohemian fantasy. Even the un-boho looks had an inviting hand, like the summer-weight tweed and leather jacket, and the cotton poplin and quilted ponte top. And all these clothes were terrifically realistic, albeit with an air of dreaminess. A bohemian rhapsody, indeed.