Critics Love Thakoon’s Cross-Cultural Mash-Up, Embrace Posen’s Retro Glamour

Looks from Derek Lam, Thakoon, and Zac Posen.

Though it may be a tough sell commercially, the critics swooned over Thakoon's daring spring collection, replete with cowboy hats and Indian saris. Similarly, most lauded Derek Lam's easy American sportswear — with the exception of Cathy Horyn, who called the collection "stiff." After a short-lived jaunt to Paris, they welcomed back Zac Posen and his retro-glam gowns (though some found the silhouettes a bit too retro). Meanwhile, they found pieces to lust after and lose in the rag & bone show. Read the full round-up below.

• “[T]his was no multicultural plea … You sense how transitional everything is — culture, beliefs — and how difficult that idea is to impart in a fashion show. That’s possibly why Mr. Panichgul’s recent collections have been so engaging.” [NYT]

• “The cross-cultural exchange produced a super-vibrant collection … It was fearless — good on Panichgul for really going for it — but also camp … Amid the kitsch, though, was the kind of thing this designer has always done very well — namely, the special little dress.” []

See the Full Spring 2012 rag & bone Collection.