Aug 03, 2018 | By Nicole McLennan
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New York: What do Marie Antoinette and Masai warriors have in common? Up-and-coming designer Thakoon Panichgul referenced both in his vibrant F/W 11 collection. With such disparate inspirations, the designer showed his skill by connecting them in a way that was entirely wearable and of-the-moment. Peplums and full skirts were a nod to Mademoiselle Antoinette, while batik prints, plaids and skillful draping conjured the Masai. Quilting, asymmetry and multiple drawstring closures seemed to reference the work of Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, a major (yet subtle) influence this season. Though there was certainly a lot going on in the show, Thakoon held it all together with covetable separates that will easily translate from runway to street.
Color: True red / Vivid blue / Coral / Green-ish yellow / Olive green / Grey and black
Key Items: Peplum jackets / Full skirts / Cropped pants / Striped sweater / Printed coat
Materials: Blanket-striped wools / Crisp polished cotton / Flannel / Medium-gauge yarns for sweaters
Print + Pattern: Buffalo check / Blanket stripes / African batik motifs
Details + Trim: Peplums / Quilting / Self-belts / Gathering / Drawstrings / Contrast plackets
Accessories + Footwear: Strappy leather or velvet sandals – sometimes printed / Printed leather booties / Leather & suede knee-high boots / Pointy Chelsea boots / Tassel brooch
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