Looks like we’re going to have to dust off our wallets – fashion industry darling Thakoon Panichgul will grace his Los Angeles pop-up shop at Satine on West Third Street with an appearance Thursday evening.
The New York-based designer will host a cocktail soiree from 6 to 8 p.m. at the boutique, which debuted his brand's temporary storefront in March.
Through May 1, Satine will carry a selection of the budget-friendly Thakoon Addition collection specifically tailored to appeal to West Coast clotheshorses – think pastel knits, floral playsuits and lightweight leathers.
Since bursting onto the scene with a 13-piece ready-to-wear capsule in 2004, Thakoon has become a go-to favorite of style sirens like Rachel Bilson, Christina Ricci and Solange Knowles. Just last week, sartorial tastemaker Diane Kruger attended the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, The Host, outfitted in a black Thakoon sheath accented by intricate beading and peek-a-boo cutouts.
The designer gained major momentum in 2008 when Michelle Obama, now known for her potential to elevate up-and-coming designers to near-Lagerfeldian heights, donned one of his kimono dresses at the 2008 Democratic National Convention to celebrate the announcement of her husband’s presidential nomination. Throughout her tenure as First Lady, she’s remained a steadfast admirer of Thakoon’s creations.
Collaborations with the Gap, Target and Giuseppe Zanotti – as well as the releases of his Addition and Carbon Copy collections – have made the designer’s pieces available to a broader spectrum of shoppers; still, Thakoon hopes to penetrate the coveted California market through his relationship with Satine, the Jeannie Lee-owned boutique known for stocking everything from Balenciaga to Carven to Ksubi.
So what does fashion's boy wonder think of the sartorial instincts of L.A. ladies? "There is a casual quality that women bring to fashion that makes them look effortless," he says. "The clothes really work for the town."
Satine, 8134 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 655-2142