September 13, 2013 New York
Occasionally, this wrap act got too complicated for its own good: Trailing extra fabric isn't always flattering. And it was an unusual path to take in a season in which, for his main line, he spoke of "boiling things down." But Addition and Thakoon are complements as much as counterparts. And in fact, there were moments of assonance, too, even more than in previous seasons. The shirt dressing that was a major statement of the Thakoon Spring collection—not to mention many others on the New York runways—recurred here, too. A poplin shirtdress was given an added zing by the simple but judicious addition of an electric blue ribbed panel, like a belt. Thakoon showed it over a simple black boxing short to give the sportif touch that's a constant at Addition. And to finish it all off, the Addition collection's first dedicated shoes: a boyish pair at the meeting point of peep-toe oxfords and woven, African-inspired motifs. Comin' thro' the rye, comin' thro' the rye!