Insta-Critic: Thakoon Plays with Rich Prints and Colors for Fall

Thakoon’s Fall 2015 show brought a kaleidoscopic approach to color evidenced by burnt oranges paired with bright blues, and rich reds adjacent to marigold yellows. Deep-V dresses provided top layers to everything from solid turtlenecks to sheer florals. Plush fabrics, tapestry velvets, and sequins brought texture to the pattern-mixing and bold colors already at play.

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Keep Your Phone Charged and Lookin’ Cute in Suno, Pamela Love, and More

In acknowledgment of the fact that battery packs are a ubiquitous and necessary accessory for the modern girl-on-the-go, the CFDA and eBay have teamed up to amp up the design factor of these sometimes clunky devices. Six designers have lent their unique visions to a special battery pack that reflects their brand’s style. The six designers have pretty different aesthetics, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Pick between Bagdley Mischka, Nicole Miller, Trina Turk, Thakoon, Suno, and Pamela Love’s takes on the the square juice pack for the buy-it-now price of $25.00, on sale from now until Dec 22nd. All proceeds will go directly to the CFDA.

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Trends Out of Pre Fall: The Big Eight from Chanel, Alexander Wang, Belstaff, and More

Only a month and a half out – cue panic – from the new and improved New York fashion week, we can’t help but wonder what designers will bestow upon us this coming season. If the pre fall collections are any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing an inundation of fringe, plenty of pleats and lots of lace. Plaids and floral will be prominent pattern stories, as will the black and white pairings that we saw this past spring. Big volume will remain a big player. And Bermuda shorts will make an impressive comeback.

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Seen at: Burberry, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone

Dark, dramatic lace could be found all throughout the pre fall collections.  This season’s lace felt romantic, sensual and not in the least bit girly.

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Seen at: ALC, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders

Reminiscent of a schoolboy uniform from private schools past, Bermuda shorts came back in a more tailored way. Rather than being oversized and slouchy they were grown up – a crisp, formal approach to the menswear trend.

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Seen at: DKNY, Donna Karan, Alice & Olivia, Narciso Rodriguez

The back and white pairings that dominated spring runways came back bolder and even more graphic. The contrasting colors felt distinctly harder, tougher, and seemed to harken back to the 1960s.

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Seen at: Chanel, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Nicole Miller

Cowboy hats, boots, and fringe, oh my. Epitomized by Chanel’s show in Dallas, the cowboy trend was more apparent than ever. Fringe found itself on everything from bags to the backs of dresses and broad rimmed hats and over the knee boots.

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Seen at: Badgley Mischka, Erdem, Alice & Olivia, Temperley London

A perennial trend, flowers bloomed bold and beautiful this fall. In pastel pink and brooding black, blooms were rendered in a dozen different ways. We loved the graphic interpretations as well as the retro inspired prints.

Plaiditude A Plaiditude

Seen at: Altuzarra, Belstaff, Rachel Comey, Thakoon

Cleaning up the grungy plaids of last fall, this season’s tartans are crisp and classic with a modern twist. Interpreted in new color combinations and shapes the plaid feels reinvigorated and new.

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Seen at: ALC, Gucci, Tory Burch, Missoni

Pleated skirts in delicate swingy fabrics look simultaneously classic and fresh, especially when reinterpreted in silver metallic fabric or paired with sleek, minimal accessories.

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Seen at: Adam Lippes, Just Cavalli, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler

Proving more is more. Jackets and pants in particular were given an extra dose of volume. Big, boxy structural shapes reigned supreme.

Thakoon, Alexander Wang, Fendi, Altuzarra, and Calvin Klein: A Look at Pre-Fall 2014

Ah, finally a show season where the clothes match the weather..! The Pre-Fall 2014 collections are well on their way and a few trends are beginning to emerge from all the leather, fur and cashmere.

Calvin Klein, Altuzarra and Thakoon Addition all gave us interpretations of comfort.

Calvin Klein was unmistakably cozy with floor skimming knit dresses, chunky knits cinched with delicate strands of yarn and double-breasted coats, all in shades of gray. Models wore pony-hair slippers and fur mules that had us deeply reconsidering our stilettoes.  The collection stayed languid and elegant as it progressed into a pair of crepe georgette sleeveless dresses and an ombré sequin and chiffon evening dress.

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Joseph Altuzarra’s collection was easy and comfortable without losing anything in the way of elegance and structure.  The designer reimagined a few of his signature looks from the past, giving his side-slit skirt a new A-line shape and his sweater-shirt hybrids new fabrics and cuts. Interjecting a touch of playfulness, the designer stamped the French phrase “Sapeurs-pompiers” across sweaters and mismatched differing cotton plaids. The effect was sophisticated and seemingly effortless.

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Thakoon Addition gave us comfort in the way of oversized scarfs, knit ponchos, fringe adorned skirts and knit herringbone leggings. Harkening back to the nineties he mixed dark florals with geometric plaids. In customary Addition fashion there were lots of layers to dissect; wrap skirts layered over cigarette pants and oversized oxford shirts beneath boxy sweaters. A distinctly autumn feel united an otherwise loosely themed collection.

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Fendi and Alexander Wang got in touch with their masculine sides, toughening up their collections with menswear-inspired details.

Fendi came back down to earth after a very ethereal spring collection. Fall was tougher, heftier and more solid. There was an artsy motif employed through out the collection, evoked by dyed furs and brushstroke prints. The proportions were oversized and the silhouettes solid. As for the most interesting detail of the collection? Models wore fuzzy knee socks reminiscent of the satyrs from Greek Legend.

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Alexander Wang took a less organic approach to masculinity evoking the white-collar, urban understanding of menswear emphasizing suits, button downs and overcoats. Wang’s collection explored the duality of things coming together and things falling apart. Deterioration seemed to be the more prominent of the two, with boxy white shirts that appeared “moth eaten” and cashmere sweaters that seemed to be peeling apart. He also channeled western elements in the way of over the knee cowboy boots and strips of fringe. The whole collection seemed to be a bit of a commentary on the decline of the American dream.

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Resort 2013 Roundup: Printspiration, Metallics, More

Resort season has always been my favorite season for fashion because it’s that in-between stage when designers can unapologetically churn out a look that channels the love child of spring and fall. Think long-sleeved mini dresses, shorts with loose knits, slacks with tanks, lightweight suits, etc. And prints! Designers really get down with prints here. Case in point: these gratifying graphics by PreenMarc Jacobs and Suno. Read on for a few more trend takeaways.

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Obviously traumatized by Angelina Jolie’s right leg fiasco at the Oscars, NAHMA.L.C. and Reed Krakoff all took a subtler approach to skin-baring slits.

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From slithery silk onesies to sleeveless florals to what can only be described as "lab chic,"  Theyskens’ TheoryThakoon and Band of Outsiders all jumped on the jumpsuit train this season.

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Perhaps in homage to the late and great Donna Summer, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors and Belstaff debuted disco-friendly looks that were heavy on the metals.

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The Best of the Emmys Red Carpet, Feat. Thakoon, Chanel, and a Faux-Bob

As E! kicked off the red carpet judging for Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, stylist George Kotsiopoulos wondered aloud whether the attendees would please the Us Weeklys or the fashion rags more. It turned out there wasn’t much risk-taking – a quiet red carpet to match a quiet Emmys – though there were a few favorites looks stolen straight from the spring runways to better please the fashion crowd.

Possibly the evening’s best-dressed, an actress who wasn’t eligible to be nominated, nor was she presenting, was Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling, whose modern, sexy dress was custom made for her by Thakoon Panichgul. Thakoon, whose feminine frocks rarely make red carpet appearances, must spot something special about the actress to have sought her out for this. These red carpets can be the convergence of fashion with entertainment – the starlets taking heed from stylists, or seeking to please the fashion powers that be, forming sartorial relationships for the successful road ahead. For instance, it’s impossible to think of Anne Hathaway on the red carpet without thinking of Valentino – even after her Oscar’s dress switch and burn.

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The high ‘90s neckline of Schilling’s white, slit-front, cut out silk crepe number did little to tone down her smokiness, which, matched with her a dark eye, a dark red lip and movie star waves, made quite the impression. After binge-watching Orange is the New Black, and seeing the style Schilling brings to the red carpet, I’m looking forward to seeing more and more of her, on screen and off.

One young gun who stays in fashion’s favor time and again is Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka, who shone in age appropriate and adorably cheerful Delpozo.

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Presenter and How I Met Your Mother actress Cobie Smulders was respectfully understated in a pale pink J. Mendel dress that couldn’t have fit her better.

Worth a mention for her chic faux-bob, Homeland star Carrie – I mean Claire Danes, who tried short hair on for the night thanks to stylist Peter Butler. My vote is for her to cut it, though this sleek look probably wouldn’t work well with her… crazy character.

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Another notable, though for her accessories, was the star of New Girl. If there’s ever an occasion to bust out the planet-sized cocktail jewelry, Zooey Deschanel found it on Sunday’s red carpet with Chanel’s tourmaline ring. Paired with her nail art, it’s not too serious – and given the stone’s color, the look matches both her personality and her aesthetic.

Still can’t stop thinking about Taylor Schilling’s Thakoon, though…

Reappropriating the Pearl: Dark or Bedroom, Take Your Pick

Historically a rather refined and prim adornment, associated with WASPdom and conservatism, the pearl has been reappropriated, now suitable for a more subversive set. Thanks to shows in New York and London, for spring, the girl wearing pearls could be sexier, harder, and powerful in comparison to her single-strand wearing counterparts.

At Thakoon, the pearl had moved to the bedroom. Styled with chemise-like dresses, wrapped suggestively around the neck, circling the wrist over and over, it was a decidedly sexier take than we’ve seen it previously. In the past, the pearls we’ve known have been inherited from generations past; this new iteration has little to do with family and proper decorum. For Thakoon, the pearls gave rather amatory feelings.

In London, Simone Rocha hardened the look, the collection itself taking a turn from the designer’s sweeter past, making a darker move than previously. Plasticized crochet and black leather accompanying the pearls down the runway lent the required moodier tone. The pearls, stuck to knee-highs, shoes, and accentuating purposeful and revealing tears in skirts, could have been un-strung from inherited strands, and reattached to a new, more defiant, wardrobe.

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No longer conventional, traditional, sweet, or pure, the pearl takes on new life to spring, reinventing itself for relevance in a modern world where strength and confidence imbue the nature of women and their, and nature’s, gemstone. 

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Breaking it Down: The Spring Trends from #NYFW

It took eight full days for New York Fashion Week to sweep us into spring submission, now the only thing we want to pull out of our closets are the shoes and fabrics of tomorrow – or was it of yesterday? The ‘90s were a big influence on the collections. So what cropped up over and over (aside from crop tops)?

Gleaming lamé made an appearance or three. At Proenza Schouler, pleated skirts revealed the shiny silver and gold materials interspersed between black, white, and the palest cream. 

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Joseph Altuzarra cut liquid skirts and dresses out of lamé as well, and slits up-to-there allowed the fabric to flow as it pleased.

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One of the Thakoon dresses had lamé thread and flower appliques strewn over the whole number.

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Lamé wasn’t the only thing shining on the runways; other sparkling threads made appearances as well: at Richard Chai, light-catching navy paillettes had a similar effect. Wes Gordon did it with a silver skirt that looked like blown up and loosely woven chainmail.

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Suno embroidered its African collection with gold thread.

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It’s probably because we all just want to look cool that designers are re-upping the bomber jacket. The jackets appear in collections from Jonathan Simkhai, Richard Chai, Victoria Beckham and Peter Som… the list goes on.

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Ginghams, plaids, and checks of all colors and sizes graced the runways, too, harkening again to the good old ‘90s. In watercolors, blown up just shy of recognition, and as delicate graph paper pattern, Tess Giberson, Derek Lam, Richard Chai, Suno, and Araks all took part. 

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FashionFeed: Wildfox Produces Swimwear Envy, Linda Fargo Induces Life Envy

● This heat wave has us lusting after Wildfox Couture’s new swimwear line. [Wildfox] ● Here’s Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman being fabulous on the isle of Capri. Can we be her for, like, 2 seconds? [Racked] ● Thakoon’s spiffy new e-commerce site includes looks from his namesake label as well as Thakoon Addition and Carbon Copy. We’re obviously hooked. [Thakoon]

● Designer Thom Browne has signed with big-time talent agency William Morris Endeavor to be represented under their Branded Lifestyle group. We’ll find out what that means soon. [Fashionologie] ● Just when you thought the royal wedding obsession was abating, it’s been announced that Kate Middleton’s McQueen dress and accessories are officially on display in London. [Styleite]