August 24, 2012
"It's a little bit Americana," Thakoon Panichgul said of his new Addition collection. "A cheerleader moment." Think American girl, not "American Woman." It made for another cute offering from the designer, who's increasingly used this secondary line as a place to explore kicky femininity while his main line wrestles with darker or flashier themes. It was hard to read anything but good cheer here, not that that's anything to complain about. He offered his usual tweaks to keep things interesting. Denim is like a second skin to American girls, but what looks like it at Addition is actually a surprise: It's Tencel and silk, with the look of well-worn chambray. His take on the twinset is a cotton knit tee overlaid with a long-tailed vest in mismatched tension colors, fuchsia and orange. Stars and stripes forever. This girl literally had stars sewn into her shirts and stamped out of her broderie anglaise.