February 05, 2005 New York
As a former fashion editor, Panichgul knows how hip young women like to dress. He tempered the romance of a white pencil skirt with black lace overlay, for example, with a tomboy's trim cardigan and plaid blazer with the sleeves pushed up, and teamed a girly tank made from laminated yellow silk with wool trousers and a long, rakish trench. He also knows how his female peers like to shop: for standout pieces, or "items" as they're known in the business. So he sandwiched white lace between two layers of see-through plastic to create a pea coat that just might be the rain jacket of the season.