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Thursday, February 19th 2009

notes from ny: thakoon

Two feminine frocks grace Thakoon’s fall ’09 runway.

Thakoon’s fall runway show was presented at Eyebeam Gallery, and the spare, cement-floored space provided the perfect rustic counterpoint to his impeccable modern-day Hitchcock heroine aesthetic. A favorite of none other than the “Mom-in-Chief” herself (no, Michelle Obama wasn’t at the show, but we did spot White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers and Amanda Peet), this designer showed yet another side of the style that’s made him a fashion editor go-to.

Thakoon champion and Designer Boutique buyer, Erin, shares her take on the show and the showroom visit (where she started selecting what Thakoon you’ll see on the site come fall) that followed the next day:

Jewel-toned pieces were some of the standouts of the collection.

It’s so exciting to watch Thakoon develop so much every season. He had a major moment to shine last year when Michelle Obama wore his floral-print kimono dress to the Democratic National Convention! For fall he brought back that body, but made it a little shorter and put a tie at the waist. (It came in both a fuchsia and a green print, plus a patchwork charcoal grey. We’re doing the latter plus the fuchsia print.) In the runway show I loved the bright furs (Thakoon, start doing faux so we can buy it!) and the pops of bright jewel tones throughout the collection. The bows kept it feminine and the bodies are formfitting enough to really sell. He sent a cape down the runway, which we’ve seen a few other places, and the few sequined pieces added a little evening glamour. The collection looked beautiful and left us all excited for our market appointment the following day.

Taking a closer look at the collection in the Thakoon showroom.

In my appointment I fell in love with the white bomber dress with black trim (pictured at top). At first I didn’t think the fit would be easy, but it was one of Morgan’s favorites so we agreed to see it on the model. It was beautiful; I noted to add right away. I also loved a dress that didn’t go down the runway but will be a perfect fit for shopbop. He called it the “falling pleat dress.” I noted it in ivory silk, black cotton jersey, and a black abstract heart print. All are cute; I’ll have to narrow it down. We loved a lot of outerwear, too: a gorgeous black trench with ruffles, a reversible jacket that looks like fur (but it’s faux!) on one side and wool on the other, as well as the standout disco mirror jacket which I’m sure will be a hit. Add in a few easy tops, black cropped pants, or denim and the collection for shopbop looks perfect. Thakoon is a major talent and I walked away thinking how lucky we are to have him as a part of shopbop.

--Erin, Head Buyer

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