February 06, 2006 New York
Preshow, Panichgul had hinted that the show would include "things that aren't what they seem," which translated into a black dress with clever hand-painted stitches at the neckline, dresses that looked like separates, and the trompe l'oeil paint prints used for the closing pieces. The most-successful looks were those that captured a sense of Parisian chic. A striped dress and top (worn with skinny pants) had a jaunty Gallic feel, and a camel pea coat, accompanied only by leggings, nodded to Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. Thakoon is clearly trying to grow as a designer, and his next challenge will be finding a way to keep his earlier focus and clarity of vision as his collections gain in size.