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Thakoon’s spring 2015 collection was tres Hollywood at home in the ’30s: silk pajama pants with drapey ruffled tunics over them; silk polka dot duster rubes over floaty chiffon pants and strapless tops. Good thing, then, that his biggest fan in Hollywood these days — Orange Is the New Black‘s Taylor Schilling — was front and center in a sleek, slim-fitted black pantsuit with tiny white polka dots. “[It’s] by Thakoon, of course,” said the actress of the outfit, which with her deep rosy lips and wavy hair looked more Carole Lombard than her prison inmate character on the Netflix hit.
Was she looking for her next awards show look, as she’s worn Thakoon to several? “We’re friends,” she told Pret-a-Reporter. “He’s made me some custom pieces. I love his clothes because they never look like anyone else’s. He has a very specific vision. I have my eye on one white-and-black twisted fabric dress and some of the floaty pants. Yes, I could be wearing them this fall — we’ll see which ones I’ll wear first.”
Joining Schilling in the front row were Magic Mike‘s Cody Horn (who had many friends in the fashion-frenzied crowd, as she used to model) and Masters of Sex‘s Caitlin FitzGerald, looking as far from frumpy Libby Masters as possible. The photographers could not get enough of this golden-haired trio and kept shooting them for a solid 20 minutes before the show started.
THAKOON’S TROOPS: Taissa Farmiga, Cody Horn, Taylor Schilling and Caitlin FitzGerald (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
While Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing, Brad Goreski, Ilaria Urbinati (whose clients Krysten Ritter and Nina Dobrev have both worn Thakoon), and notable fashion editors were also seated in the front row, we turned our attention to Barneys New York creative ambassador Simon Doonan, who’d just returned from Joan Rivers‘ memorial. When asked about who attended, Doonan responded: “Who wasn’t? Howard Stern spoke for half an hour, brilliantly and insightfully, the Gay Men’s Chorus sang, and the New York Police Bagpipe Club played.”
How did Doonan know the comedy diva? “She was a huge Barneys customer in the ’80s when she had her Fox late-night show,” Doonan told us. “She remembered the names of all the employees, and brought them soup when they were sick. She gave me a blurb for my book. I did a caricature of her Yorkie Spike in Barneys’ windows.”
As to whether or not Rivers got everything she wanted at her memorial, as she left rather flamboyant instructions, Doonan believes it would have met her standards.
“I think she would have loved it,” smiled Doonan. “She once said at her 80th birthday party that she’d wanted to have a hunk jump out of a cake, but fully expected Melissa to ‘cheap out’ and have ‘Peter Dinklage jump out of a muffin.’ But no such thing happened today!”
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