Cowgirl culture clash: Thakoon

Once upon a time, an American cowgirl was trapped in an Indian spice market. Thakoon Panichgul found her and brought her to the Plaza hotel in New York City.

This east-meets-west fashion story has taken spring 2012 to a very playful platform. And the fashion industry loves it. The globetrotting designer has always embraced multiculturalism in all his past collections and this one was no different for him.

Searing colours and noisy prints made up for the unconventional Thakoon hip-glamour. Shirtdresses with intricate embroidery, khakhi pants taped with golden trimmings and floor-length tiered skirts were worn with loose, paisley-printed tops. The subtle peplum at the bottom of each top made the silhouette seem more defined, but the fluid fabrics used characterised mobility. Turquoises, oranges, fuchsia, lavender with accents of cream and gold were splashed on the runway. The cowgirl was still alive, as seen with the animal-skin strappy shoes, but she was deeply immersed in her cultural transition.

The western-inspired shoes created a perfect contrast with the gold tipped cowboy boots balancing the ethnic trapeze skirts. Shocking pinks and cobalt blues played the lead role as far as hair was concerned, but the tan cowboy hats balanced out the relentless cross-cultural parade.

For the entire Thakoon spring / summer 2012 collection, as seen at New York fashion week, click on the thumbnails above.