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Rashida Jones, Ashley Madekwe Welcome Designer Thakoon Panichgul to L.A.

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Thakoon Panichgul and Rashida Jones

The actresses, along with Barneys New York and Vanity Fair, feted the New York-based designer and his new Barneys capsule collection at the recently opened Freds restaurant

Thakoon Panichgul's arguably most famous fan and wearer, Taylor Schilling, may have been too busy shooting Orange Is the New Black to fete the designer at Barneys Beverly Hills on Friday night, but that doesn't mean Panichgul isn't admired by many other famous faces in Hollywood. Rashida Jones and Ashley Madekwe (both wearing Thakoon), plus stylists Ryan Hastings, Penny Lovell, Brad Goreski and Joey Tierney, and Barneys fashion director Tomoko Ogura joined the diminutive designer in the new Freds restaurant — already the new Beverly Hills hotspot — to celebrate his 10 years with Barneys and a capsule collection he designed exclusively for the department store.

While enjoying tuna tartare, chicken or halibut, followed by ice cream sundaes, the fashion crowd chatted about working through one of the busiest times of the year. "I'm in the middle of dressing Anne [Hathaway] for Interstellar," said stylist Lovell, in a chic black COS illusion jacket over a black dress. "I can't even think about awards season yet, but I know how quickly it's coming." 

Cameron Silver, George Kotsiopoulos, stylist Kris Zero, PR maven Ina Treciokus and Barneys top marketing woman Charlotte Blechman rounded out the crowd. New York-based Blechman was also in Tinseltown last week, after presiding over Barneys Beverly Hills' HOLA benefit and the store's 20th anniversary party on five floors of the store. "It's a lot of six a.m. flights," she sighed. "But we all love L.A. and I sleep on the plane."

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