About

Thakoon Panichgul is an American fashion designer. Panichgul moved to the United States with his family when he was 11 years old, and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska.

Growing up, Panichgul was interested in photography, and always had an eye for styling. After graduating from Boston University in 1997 with a business degree, he moved to New York. As a fashion writer, Panichgul discovered that his ideas were often conceived through a designer's point of view, and he eventually pursued formal studies at Parsons School of Design from 2001 to 2003. In September 2004, Panichgul produced his first ready to wear collection and quickly became a favorite with the fashion press, top editors and stylists. He has become known for timelessly feminine designs which are as romantic and sensual as they are modern and innovative. He had a very popular, limited-edition clothing line at Target in early 2009.

The Look

Panichgul has a talent for blending distinctly different influences into his work, imparting a feminine spirit into a youthful, sporty line. The result is clothing that projects poised elegance with an underlying hint of playful wit. Thakoon Panichgul showed perfectly modernized minimalism in an earthy palette and a precise, elegant silhouette. Panichgul is fascinated by decorative ideas that spin out of constructing clothes. Where classic patterns have existed for decades, the nuances for finishing the garments are reexamined. The subtle strokes, he believes, make all the difference. His appreciation for the luxury of the past is a foundation of the collection, which has been described as "forward-looking, respectful of the past, and not at all vintage. In fact, his delicate deconstructions are entirely modern, owing more to the Antwerp Six than to Vionnet. Though his collection might be perfect for a modern Madame de Pompadour, it would suit an L.A. starlet just as well."

Who Wears It

Rachel Bilson, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama, Natalie Portman, America Ferrera,

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