“I always come back to the weather when I think about fall,” says Panichgul, reflecting on his Pre-Fall 2012 collection this year. The variety seen on the runway certainly endorses this statement. Thakoon is offering up everything from full-skirted, sleeveless dresses to cozy wool sweaters and cable-knits in order to ease the often disagreeable transition into the cooler months.
Being only a preview of what’s to come, Thakoon’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection is not a loud one. It’s understated beauty is one aspect that makes this collection still something to be noted, though. Pastels dominated the color palette showcased on the models, including light blue hues and soft pinks. Bursts of magenta, both subtle and in full form, could also be found within the sea of neutrals. Such colors were arranged among a show of classic, yet updated, pieces–trousers, cable-knit sweaters, shirt and blazer combinations.
Another point of interest within the collection is Panichgul’s collaboration of materials. Two distinctly different fabrics can be found within one garment, such as a white cotton shirt dress with its grey cable-knit accents, or a leather jacket with this same wool detailing. And one can’t dismiss the oversized, fuzzy Mongolian lamb pockets where the show’s second model (ungrudgingly, I’m sure) kept her hands.
Overall, what we saw on Thakoon’s Pre-Fall 2012 runway was classic, but in a playful way. It’s a collection for any woman who embraces femininity, and even for those who choose to do so in a not-so-traditional manner. Panichgul kept the collection grounded by matching looks with slip-on leather loafers. If this is what he considers his “starting point for fall,” then Thakoon is one name to keep an eye out for during the upcoming February shows.