Nouveau-bohemia is on the rise, and Thakoon leads the pack with a versatile collection of insouciant, breezy pieces for Spring/Summer 2016. Taking the broadly defined trend as a chance to experiment, Thakoon Panichgul cobbled together dozens of disparate elements, working in a wide variety of textiles, prints, and textures that captured the free-spirited essence of the movement. Bleached sky-blue denim won the youth vote, as did off-shoulder mini dresses knotted over the chest and printed beach cover-ups. The modern nomad might be jetting off to London for work or hanging beachside in Ibiza for fun, but either way a Thakoon wardrobe would serve her well. A lineup of flirty dresses soon gave way to pajama outfits that featured soft prints and contrast piping, effectively transitioning away from the sporty-meets-dressy looks of the show’s start to masculine loungewear without a break in between. This may signal a lack of cohesion or simply an exploration of bohemia’s broad treatment of relaxed style — it was difficult to tell. In yet another unexpected departure from the collection’s core aesthetic, Panichgul closed the show with several dark tropical dresses and glitzy sequined looks, which were certainly pretty but not altogether in line with the rest of the collection. First Lady Michelle Obama helped launch the Thakoon brand to fame and sparked fervor for its beautiful prints and romantic silhouettes, but it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll see her in the sheer sequined slips and tiny mini dresses from this collection.
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