By  on September 6, 2008

Anyone who's familiar with Thakoon Panichgul's work knows he has a thing for florals. Remember the bloom fest of spring 2007? Or how about this fall’s quilted floral prints that gave way to the big swirling roses for resort? The latter even got a serious publicity boost last month when Michelle Obama wore the designer’s cabbage rose frock at the Democratic National Convention — on the night her husband accepted the party nomination, no less. But a funny thing happened to Panichgul’s flowers on the way to the  spring collection: They grew legs.

And not just any legs. These are sexy showgirl stunners, on wispy chiffon scarves and jacquard bloomers, variously posed like dance extras in a Busby Berkeley musical. “There’s knocking knees, legs open, tilted to the side,” says Panichgul, “and some that are just lying down as if a ballerina collapsed on the floor.” They’ll fit right in with the season-to-be’s garden-party trend. But there’s another treat here, too. Those leggy rose patterns are the handiwork of artist Laurie Simmons, who partnered with Panichgul for his prints. It’s that familiar intersection of art and fashion, but manifested here in a way that’s charmingly refreshing.

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