2009 February 17
Thakoon - New York Fall 2009
(NEW YORK) For better or for worse, Thakoon Panichgul was thrust into the public spotlight when soon-to-be First Lady Michelle Obama wore not one, but two of his creations on the campaign trail. His Fall 2009 collection showed that he is more than capable of handling the pressure. "There was surrealism, there was Lee Miller, but overall I wanted flights of fancy," Panichgul said of his sophisticated and grown up--yet unapologetically pretty--collection. Several pairs of culottes were shockingly un-elementary school, peplums graced both a trench and a cascading ruffle gown, and an incredibly innovative chiffon-to-wool degrade (sheer at the top, opaque at the bottom) shift dress was gorgeous--and with a slip, completely First Lady-appropriate. As far as his flights of fancy: a mirrored, disco ball-esque dress and sumptuous,colored furs were enough to get any girl's heart beating just a bit faster.