February 15, 2009 New York
Panichgul, who likes a touch of the surreal, explored that theme not only in print for Fall, but with texture as well, showing a cascading gown made of a ruffle-patterned matelessé fabric. A winter-white double-faced wool dress with the outlines of a bomber jacket etched into it referenced the designer's interest in construction. And, as always, there were fun feminine touches—cue the built-in bows. Culottes will always be a hard sell, but Panichgul's suits were more convincing. If the end result felt somewhat blurred, perhaps that's the inevitable—and hopefully only temporary—result of being thrust into the spotlight's glare.