New York: Instead of an elaborate story or a complex theme, when asked about his inspiration for S/S 2011, Thakoon Panichgul simply stated, “Air”. The straightforward concept manifested in a well-rounded, fully realized collection of breezy separates. Peplums and bubble hems gave looks a youthful, upbeat feel, while hook-and-eye closures on everything from vests to dresses added the lightest hint of seduction. Like many other designers this season, Panichgul opened his shows with a procession of all-white looks, slowly adding in color with striped men’s shirtings and a feminine purple floral print. Black made an appearance towards the end, but managed to feel just as lightweight as the white looks with airy eyelet and sheer jerseys. The sweetness of the show’s opening was counterbalanced with touches of glam, like a  purple metallic snakeskin and a python pattern made from sequins, demonstrating the young designer’s range and versatility.

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