May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: When designing his Pre-Fall collection, Thakoon Panichgul told an interviewer that he had been thinking about the meaning of elegance. The great Coco Chanel once famously said, “Elegance is refusal,” and it seemed that this statement may have entered into Panichgul’s thought process. He is typically not one to shy away from embellishment, but this season’s offering felt more sober and spare. Stiff pleated skirts, variations on the military jacket, cropped slim pants, and A-line dresses were among the simple pieces that he presented. He added interest with prints and patterns, rather than distracting design details. Wide horizontal stripes in red, white, and charcoal were used for a pair of jackets, and a vibrant mirror-image cotton blossom motif made for standout separates and a killer skirt suit. Curly Mongolian lamb added a whimsical touch to what was an accomplished and definitely elegant collection.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Long layers / Easy hourglass
Color: Pure white / Black / Charcoal / Red / Navy / Heather grey / Cream / Tangerine / Bottle green / Black / Bright pink / Burgundy
Key Items: Stiff A-line skirts / Cotton print separates / Striped jackets / Mongolian lamb vests
Materials: Brushed wool / Crisp cotton shirtings / Menswear suitings / Double-faced satin / Mongolian lamb / Corduroy / Twill
Print + Pattern: Wide stripes / Cotton blossom mirror image print / Mediterranean floral
Details + Trim: Peplums / Flounces / Piecing / Gathering / Box pleats / Flap pockets
Accessories + Footwear: Cage-toe T-strap sandals
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