Fall marks a role reversal in fashion — the streets now inform what happens on the runways, not vice versa. For proof, see the knit beanies at Giles and BCBG, the no-BS booties at Saint Laurent, and the piles of arm candy absolutely everywhere. Alexandra Levin, Gilt’s PR associate, is owning the street-style-inspired look this season: “This trend is about taking risks,” she says. “Experiment with accessories — the bigger, the bolder, the better.” Follow her lead and start with a staple, like the perfect leather jacket, then pile on the accents. “I love blending the sophisticated and the casual,” Alexandra says, so get inspired by her style, then shop the sale to create your own photo op.
Born in Thailand and raised in Nebraska, designer Thakoon Panichgul worked at J. Crew and Harper's Bazaar 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.