Born in Thailand and raised in Nebraska, designer Thakoon Panichgul worked at J. Crew and <i>Harper's Bazaar</i> before pursuing a formal design degree at Parsons. In 2004, he unveiled his first collection of poised but playful designs and won praise for his witty, subtle flourishes — think mesh-trimmed culottes and metallic taffeta skirts. Since then, Thakoon has outfitted high-profile clients such as Tilda Swinton and Michelle Obama in his ultra-feminine dresses; collaborated with the chic footwear brand Giuseppe Zanotti; designed his own line of shoes and boots; released an eyewear collection; partnered up with Hogan, the Gap and Target; and possibly slept a few hours here and there. Thakoon's two diffusion labels, Addition and Carbon Copy, have won him legions of younger fans who love his easy, wearable ensembles in playful prints.
As Moscow Fashion Week comes to a close, we're celebrating these serious style stars, spotted on the street. Standing out from the show-going crowds is no easy feat, unless you happen to be a part of the impeccably dressed tribe known as the "Russian Fashion Mafia." Ultra chic members like Mira Duma and Elena Perminova serve up outfit inspiration worthy of a photo op in eye-catching looks often ripped straight from the runways. Tap into the It Girl look yourself with the wardrobe upgrades below, and cue the flashbulb frenzy.
Freshly remixed classics from a troop of industry favorites.
Effortless, city staples from designers with a cool edge.
Show some skin in these flattering, pair-with-anything finds.