By  on February 19, 2008

Hogan: Globetrotters, take note — Thakoon Panichgul's got your number this fall. For his debut collection at Hogan, a ready-to-wear first for the company, the designer set out to meet the needs of the traveling pack with unfussy and functional clothing, the sort of wares you simply pick up and go, he noted. The style factor, meanwhile, came via a preppy-meets-punk story. To wit, a striped shirt had studs for buttons and a leather motorcycle jacket cleverly unzipped into a swingy trapeze shape. Plaid, by now a leading trend for fall, was also key to the collection, but Panichgul served it up subtly with nary a lumberjack or Highland lass in sight. Rather, the motif came in quilted patterns, tone-on-tone linings and even barely-there back-pocket seaming on jeans. And, although he didn't have a hand in the accessories, save for requesting that a patent flat come in hot pink, the lineup still followed his leisurely lead. Perfect case in point: the suede-and-velvet sneakers that screamed bon-voyage chic.

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