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New York Fashion Week: Thakoon adds some sporty spice to his girly trademarks

September 15, 2009 |  9:56 am
Thakoon jacket For spring, Thakoon Panichgul, whose floral print dresses are favorites of the first lady, injected some sportiness into his girlish look with mixed results.

The focus was on a new, more body-conscious silhouette. SCUBA-inspired dresses with draped, Fortuny-pleated floral and lava-print silk, combined with techno twill color-blocking, felt overly tricky. Same thing goes for shifts with armor-like front panels of silk jacquard (a bit sandwich board-like), and silk T-shirts and ninja pants that mixed a riot of prints to dizzying effect.

The best pieces were jackets -- one molded to the body in a cyberfloral and techno twill mix, and another in black twill covered in waves of silver chains.

Still, I left wanting more.

-- Booth Moore

Pictures: Thakoon's spring / summer 2010 runway

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Photo: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson  / For The Times