Lindsey Gathright, W*'s Market Editor, checks in with Thakoon Panichgul as he puts the finishing touches on his Spring 2012 collection.*

<img alt="thakoon-ss2012-preview-02.jpg" src="" width="386" height="257" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" / [#image: /photos/5853b5f96666b2eb4762e950]||||||“I started off wanting to do something metallic, luxe and very ornate with a lot of gold,” says Thakoon. “I was looking at the works of sculptor Nick Cave and his elaborate, very flashy embroideries, as well at old American sportswear as interpreted by other cultures like the Italians and Japanese.”