Editor's Note: As the fall fashion season approaches, we look at some of the hot looks that will soon be in stores as shown on the runways of New York Fashion Week.
Designer Thakoon Panichgul is right on trend for fall with a boheminan vibe that incorporates rich prints and textured fabrics like tapestry velvet, nubby wools, crinkly chiffon and shiny sequins.
If next winter is as cold as the last one, Thakoon's multi-layered approach should come in handy for staying warm.
The Thai-born, Nebraska-raised designer, who is a favorite of the fashion crowd for his namesake Thakoon line, told reporters backstage after the New York Fashion Week show that he had taken his cues from such 19-century dandies as Oscar Wilde, along with romantic fantasies like the 1985 Tom Cruise movie, Legend, to create a moody collection with a touch of whimsy.
The look is long and lean, with mid-calf skirts and floaty floor-touching dresses with plunging V-necks that also have a bit of a 1920s flapper feel to them. The designer, who over the years has been a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama, works with a dark palette offset with accents of terracotta, red and magenta, although one of the collection's highlights is a crisp, long-sleeved white shirt knotted below the waist.
The collection has a tactile feel, with cozy patchwork ombré wool coats, boucle-striped turtlenecks and shirts, and shearling sashes that run diagonally across the upper body like a Girl Scout medal holder. If next winter is as cold as the last one across most of the country, Thakoon's multi-layered approach should come in handy for staying warm.