Romance and the Red Light District at Thakoon for Fall

Amsterdam's Red Light District provided kinky, colorful fodder for Thakoon's Fall '12 collection.

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Runway looks at Thakoon's Fall 2012 show.
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The Hoerengracht -- Ed and Nancy Kienholz' life-size reproduction of a slice of Amsterdam's Red Light District -- served as racy inspiration for Thakoon's Fall '12 collection.
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While the pink, red, and raspberry color palette felt Valentine-y indeed, Thakoon amped up the sexiness factor with touches of red leather and woven mesh as well as padded hips and bust lines.
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Generally, pieces were bit simpler than Thakoon's recent collections (in particular the techni-color romp through 18th-century France he proposed for spring), like this clean black shift dress with a panel of peek-a-boo leather mesh at the bodice.
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Silhouettes also took their cues from '60s-era Audrey Hepburn. This clean, sleeveless look was enlivened by a candy red stripe motif.
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There were plenty of pieces that are destined to be big retail-performers come fall: hooded pea coats, for example, or a little tuxedo dress with hot magenta lining peeking out at the sleeves.
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Conspicuously less crucial to the fall collection were the vibrant prints (okay, there was one speckled red pattern) and the easy, statement-making silk dresses that have made Thakoon a go-to for hip, professional women.
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Instead, Thakoon relied heavily on super-saturated color, like this searingly pink halter dress.
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Less convincing were the skirt suits, which -- despite the bold pink treatment -- felt a bit frumpy, with ruffle details and awkwardly flared hemlines.
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We found the concept most successful when there was a pattern or embellishment involved. These slouchy orange trousers were finished with silver paisleys (which helped elevate them from the pajama dressing trend we've seen so much of recently).
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The sole print in the collection was rendered on a cinched-waist sleeveless dress, and featured a combination of anatomical and "Hallmark" hearts (too bad we can't scoop one up before Valentine's).
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If this winter's colored outerwear trend holds through til the fall, then these wide-lapel wool numbers in red and pink will be safe bets come September.
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A hand-full of darker, inky looks like this deep purple knit and leather skirt combo gave the collection some needed contrast.
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Another fuzzy Mongolian lamb look in hot pink.
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While perhaps a bit incongruous with the rest of the collection, the handful of sleek tuxedo looks -- here shown in a backless halter jumpsuit -- struck a perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated.
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