Midway through New York fashion week it can start to feel like designers are marching in lockstep. Utilitarian menswear, texture, and neutral, even drab colors have emerged as early trends. How refreshing, then, to find Thakoon Panichgul nurturing his own fixations at his fine show today.

The designer said a rereading of Ray Bradbury's novel Dandelion Wine got him thinking about the idea of "summer captured and stoppered." Oh, to take a swig and find yourself in a field of wildflowers, not February slush. Panichgul's mini-dandelion-print lavender dress with lace insets was just as transporting. Same goes for a party frock in embroidered black neoprene with a dip in the back. Prints seem to be on the wane, but this show's dusty pink and royal blue winter floral, spliced together with more of those delicate lace panels, was an argument for Thakoon, at least, to stick with them.

Panichgul was creative in his attempts at evoking summertime magic. A technical fabric that he used for a coat and the trim of a skirtsuit faintly twinkled like the night sky. Goat-hair dickeys and top-and-skirt sets didn't quite jibe with the chosen theme, but the cheetah-spot goatskin coat with shawl collar looked so good, who cares about backstory?