S/S 2012 – Thakoon

New York: Bandana prints and the work of sculptor Nick Cave were the starting points for designer Thakoon Panichgul, and by following those distinct inspirations he arrived at two very separate but equally compelling concepts — the Wild West and Bollywood. To say that there was a lot of color would be an understatement, as spice market-inspired hues and a very bold electric teal were met with equally flashy metallic lamé trims, ornate beading and contrast-colored lace overlays. Overall the collection verged on the intense, especially when taking into account the color-blocked cowboy hats and the powdery cotton candy-hued hair that topped off every look. But when the details were taken into consideration (ornate beading, rich embroidery and thick, decorative lace), this mashed-up world of luxurious fantasy grid-skipping was as alluring as its exotic influences. —Shannon Davenport

Silhouette: Relaxed / Fit-and-flare

Color: Goldenrod / Black / White / Teal / Brick red / Cerulean / Jade / Sand / Gold / Pewter / Lavender

Key Items: Western shirts / Saris / Skater skirt / Shirtdresses / Metallic striped trousers / Peplum tops / Gathered maxi skirts / Embroidered silk tanks

Materials: Silk / Guipure lace / Chambray / Twill / Lame

Print + Pattern: Clean horizontal stripes / Elaborate bandana prints / Swirling florals / Paisley

Details + Trim: Exaggerated peplums / Rococo brocades / Beading / Lame piping / Western buttons / Contrast collars / Lace overlay

Accessories + Footwear: Colorblocked Stetson hats / Metal toed ostrich pumps / Open toed sandals / Sheer sari-inspired throws

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