Set within New York’s plush Plaza Hotel's iconic ballroom, (baroque detailing and imposing chandeliers in tow),Thakoon Panichgul showed his latest, and we'd hazard to say greatest, collection to a wowed audience.
The exquisitely crafted, experimental collection went off with a bang, opening with a Masai-plaid taffeta belted jacket paired with cobalt cigarette slacks and pleated waist skirt. It was quite unlike anything we'd seen before, but it worked. Vivid colour and extreme volume were the key elements to Thakoon's inspired AW11 collection, which fused African tribal prints with classic tartans and checks, alongside relaxed sporty street-wear and tailoring.
Cross-cultural references and incredible prints and textiles continued throughout the collection as deconstructed puffa's, African print wool asymmetric and draped silk dresses, pleated tunics and reworked outerwear hit the runway. Colours merged seamlessly from the bright blue and red at the beginning, to bold black and yellow as floral batik rococo dresses, bustle skirts, blouses and tailored tweed ensembles made an entrance.
Thakoon took us everywhere – from streety hooded parkas to tribal prints, techno puffas and biker jackets, proving that a complicated, experimental and super-bright collection can win over the perennially black-clad New York fashion crowd.