Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Roving Reporter: Thakoon

Michelle Obama is now a fashion quantity - this we know. Eighties are back - I still say we'll probably regret it later. So put Nouveau Kennedy back 20 years, add a pinch of Russia and you have Thakoon Panichgul's latest collection.

Thakoon. Copyright Marcio Madeira for Style.comHere we have elements two and three, with a light-grey swing jacket and Russian fur hat. Although I wonder if those at the Kremlin would be upset if Michelle wore it on a visit...Anyway, Thakoon played around with muted colours - cream, sheer camel, dusty rose - and spiced them up with fur, leather gloves and boots.

Thakoon. Copyright Marcio Madeira for Style.comThakoon. Copyright Marcio Madeira for Style.comContinuing with the natural element, the designer made power separates look artsy - and less office-appropriate - with asymmetrical feather details over a sheer top. Paired with those gloves again, and with sleek hair, the top look is one of my favourites from the collection. The tri-coloured fur over the sheath dress veers a bit Golden Girls for me, but Bruna Tenorio - and probably Patricia Field - can make it work.

Thakoon. Copyright Marcio Madeira for Style.comThakoon. Copyright Marcio Madeira for Style.comThakoon, like so many of his contemporaries, went for the asymmetric shoulder this season. His bright-blue peplum dress gets a note of interest with a dose of extra sleeve, and Jourdan Dunn closed the show with a big-bow bang. With a smaller bow, I'd love to see this out.

Thakoon. Copyright Marcio Madeira for Style.comEven though it didn't finish the show, I'll finish by asking your thoughts on Thakoon's YSL-meets-80s-shine combo. Glitzy pegged trousers with booties and no bra? Lovely or laughable?

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