September 13, 2005 New York
After a filmy, light-as-air openinga white strapless multilayer organza dress with scalloped hemPanichgul sent out a series of pieces that were as weightless as handkerchiefs. Delicately tied knots were both structural and decorative: A cardigan was slashed and joined with ties, while a blue-striped cotton dress had a cutout oval back trimmed with them. A marine theme played out in the form of a sailor top, shorts, and a twill pinafore. Metallic silks and linens in gold and silver were glowing. Patent leather Manolo Blahnik mary janes shined. And ingeniously knotted ribbon necklaces with drops of jet had an undeniable magic. Maybe the designer's early years at fashion magazines taught him how to deliver a collection that wowed editors and buyers alike, because by the end of this ethereal show, he had the audience right where he wanted them, "on cloud nine."