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Thakoon A/W11

The US-based designer wowed the crowds in an unexpected setting, juxtaposing looks made up of puffa jackets, taffeta parkas and plaid

The Thakoon show was another surprise for Sunday's shows. Sitting in the grand ballroom of the Plaza hotel, where 1950s' children's  book character Eloise had once caused a riot down the hallways and lived in the 'tippy top room', you couldn't help but think that a collection of pretty dresses would follow. But, as the first look stepped out, a brightly coloured red and blue plaid puffa jacket creation, all thoughts of Eloise were swiftly forgotten and a new mish-mashed world of contrasting components was to unfold. It was exciting and totally unexpected. Plaid puffa checks, multi-coloured African paisley prints, floor length puffa gowns, rag rapped hair - the collection was a complete contrast to the surroundings and it was wonderful to watch. Odile Gilbert created the hair which consisted of colourful African fabrics and twisted hair woven together and piled on the back of the head. Mis-matched prints and textures exploded into puffy, voluminous shapes, draped skirts, taffeta parkas and mink trimmed t-shirt dresses. Although there were moments that were Comme des Garcons and Junya Watanabe-esque, it was a really interesting direction for Thakoon and his vision and ability to mis-match such diverse elements was genius.

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