If a collection could be considered a barometer of where the designer is in his or her life, Thakoon Panichgul’s fall 2014 outing makes us think he’s in his blue period.
Perhaps it was the music. Most fashion shows feature a seat-rattling soundtrack of remixes. At Thakoon, there was only a live version of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” cover — which, as everyone knows, is one of the saddest songs of all time. Seriously, you only listen to this if you want to lie in bed and cry. (I have not done this, it’s just what I’ve heard.)
But the clothes, too, had a sad feel. They were undoubtedly gorgeous — there’s a reason Panichgul is considered a master of prints. Yet his hothouse florals often came wrapped in neutral-colored knits, dampening their brightness. Fabric snaked up around the models’ necks, twisted and tied at the nape.
There was something protective about the layers that felt like Panichgul was warding off more than the cold, to say nothing of the mini-ponchos, which were so tight and restrictive around the shoulders.
Panichgul smiled when he took his finale bow, so he’s probably fine. Still, it looks like this fall will be a beautiful melancholy for the Thakoon woman.