By moving from his usual show space in a cavernous warehouse to thechandelier-lit Grand Ballroom at The Plaza, Thakoon Panichgul preppedthe audience for something decadent and lavish. And, yes, that was onehalf of the equation: the rococo richness of Marie Antoinette. But heconnected it with, of all things, a Masai warrior. “They’re the same,just two different tribes,” he said. “I’m looking at the clothinghabits.” It’s an odd cocktail of influences, but in Panichgul’s hands, asuperb one.


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