Thakoon’s Spring/Summer 2012 Neo-Bollywood/Spaghetti Cowboy fantasy took the seasons, already omnipresent neon color story to an entirely different setting! Cowboy hats, bandannas, gold accents and ethnic embroideries made for one of the most interesting collections of the season so far. Kitschy (in a good way) chambray tops and gold-toed heels in ostrich skin that resemble cowboy boots, paraded alongside lamé salwar kameezes and saris gave the collection a bold, campy feel. My favorite look came in the form of a peplum top (another omnipresent trend) and shorts combo in a Balenciaga-ish print with metallic gold bands wreathing the hems (shown on Andie Arthur).
Thakoon Panichgul’s knack for theatricality all came together at New York’s Plaza Hotel grand ballroom. In all of its baroque opulence, the Plaza became a certifiable character in Thakoon’s vision, the collection with all of its far flung references, temptuous romanticism and exotic tone fit in most quixotically with the ballroom’s gilt ornamentation and tremendous chandeliers. Another character in the story: the hair. The model slunk up and down the runway with pink, green, lilac, bronze and blue updo’s colored with pulverized colored clay powder (a reference to India’s Holi festival).