Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Designers Space

                         Good Day Friends! 
 Today we take a  glance at Designer Thakoon Panicahagul and where he spends  his time and starts his creative process!


In the designer’s office, mood boards pinned with pictures of black tulips and Fred Wilson chandeliers lean against the walls, with piles of swatches gathered beneath like fallen leaves. “I’m an in-the-moment kind of person,” Panichgul says, and for a designer who doesn’t use sketchbooks (“I just have piles!”) and who says of his archives: “The past is the past—I don’t want to look at it, I want to move forward,” it seems he has himself spiritually pegged. Though the house has held court in this space for five years, come September the studio will be moving to a larger location farther downtown. Thakoon feels some nostalgia for the place where he started with just four employees, but he trusts his instincts in the moment. Looking at a sample on the rack, he sums up his philosophy: “If I have to think about it too much, I know it’s not right.”

Upon earning a business degree at Boston University, Panichgul moved to New York to begin his career in fashion—first in production, then merchandising—laying the foundation to what has become a very well rounded background in the business. Prior to launching his own label, Panichgul spent four years as a writer and editor for Harper’s Bazaar, where he chased after style news, traced trends and developed fashion stories. Eventually, he decided to try his hand at design, leading him to enroll at Parsons School of Design.

In September 2004, Thakoon presented his first ready-to-wear collection, quickly becoming one of fashion’s most celebrated talents to emerge from the New York scene. In 2006 Thakoon was one of 3 recipients of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and also has been nominated by the CFDA for the Swarovski Award for Best Emerging Womenswear Designer. He developed a cult following and created a unique niche, consistently showing collections of beautifully crafted, feminine designs which are as romantic and sensual as they are modern and intelligent.

Panichgul is fascinated by decorative ideas that spin out of constructing clothes. Where classic patterns have existed for decades, the nuances involved in finishing the garments are reexamined or altered in some way.