When he heard that one of our favourite New York designers, Thakoon, was here in London this week we just had to interview him! Not only are we huge admirers of his – the Masai-by-the-way-of-Versailles inspired A/W’11 collection he presented in New York last month was one of the season’s highlights – but his appearance in The September Issue (so what if the documentary actually came out two years ago? Hardly a day goes past chez Grazia Daily when we don’t quote from the film!) had us rooting for him. Not that he needed us – with Michelle Obama one of the many women wearing his designs we think the future is pretty bright for Thakoon!
OK, by the time we got to him he was already on his way to Paris (duh!) but we still got to briefly chat to him so read on for what he’s been up to while in London. We just hope he remembered to take some sunshine back to thundernow-hit New York!
Grazia Daily: Welcome to London, Thakoon (although I'm guessing you're on your way to Paris by now!) What did you manage to fit into your schedule?
Thakoon: It was quite a crammed couple of days. I spent a good deal of time at Claridge’s having a lot of tea this time around. Sadly I missed going to the V&A. But I did manage to walk around East London and the shops there. I went to Liberty for home stuff, which I always love and stumbled onto Regents Park! Which was pretty amazing as the weather was pretty rare for London that day!
Grazia Daily: You were here for a private trunk show with Net-a-Porter. How's meeting your loyal customers and seeing them go through the collection and in your designs?
Thakoon: I like talking to them because I see that they get quite excited about the work so it's a good opportunity to listen, which is really important. I always love seeing them on everyone. Designers get a kick on that!
Grazia Daily: Let's talk a little bit about the fantastic A/W’11 collection you recently presented in New York! How did you feel at the end of the show?
Thakoon: I was pretty happy with how we made everything come together. There were a lot of different influences and you never are quite sure if they're all going to work, the colours, hair, space, music. But in the end all that energy really worked!
Grazia Daily: The juxtaposition of prints is very much a Thakoon signature. What do you like about print and could you talk us through those amazing boots that we fell in love with?
Thakoon: I know! I wish I had those boots for men to wear! I'm drawn to prints, I'm drawn to colours. I don't think anyone could say they're not drawn to those. For me it's how to take something out of its context.
Grazia Daily: Now, we really can't do this Q&A with you without mentioning The September Issue! Did you enjoy being part of it and did you realize at the time you were such a key figure in it? And please tell us, what's it like seeing Anna Wintour be so nice and instrumental in your future?
Thakoon: She's been a true supporter in every way and I can never thank her enough. Looking back, it was such a blur because there was so much to do, to grow, that I didn't have time to think about this camera crew that was following me around! And no, I didn't expect to have my own chapter on the DVD!
Grazia Daily: Finally, just to make us all feel good about our usually-awful weather, please tell us how grateful you were to miss the 'thundersnow' that just hit NY and instead enjoy the wonderful sunshine you got here?!!!
Thakoon: The sun and Spring from London followed me to Paris! I'm trying to not think about the dreadful NY weather right now. I'm so affected by weather it's scary!
Thank you Thakoon and have a safe journey back home.
- Kiki Georgiou