Trina Turk's Los Angeles, the land of California contemporary clothing, is not the first place one would expect to find great outer layers, but there they were: wide-lapel car coats in cozy alpaca blends and fuzzy mohair plaids. "Coats for Fall are important," said the designer, who is better known for cheerful pieces that look appropriate for poolside. Of course, one might prefer to wear these coats cruising Sunset Boulevard in a convertible like a Hitchcock blonde, but they looked substantial enough to make the jump across the coasts—for early fall, anyway—as did a loopy cream-colored crochet sweater and fleecy navy cape.
Pleasantly surprising elements continued beyond the outerwear. Turk's typical geometric prints were tempered by painterly florals—one in particular, of fuchsia blooms with chocolate, cornflower, cream, and cayenne brushstrokes on a mineral green ground, was truly gorgeous, rather than just fun or flattering. That print turned up on a straight silk faille sheath, a matching shell and pleated skirt, and narrow pants that paired nicely with a pair of suede, spike-heel, cutaway mules. Those mules—this is Turk's second season of footwear—will please trend-focused shoppers who don't want to break the bank. So will a pair of cuffed gauchos that might read as an extension of this Spring's culottes. Turk also launched handbags this season, with a wide array of structured color-blocked leather satchels, metal mesh clutches, and soft totes with oversize tassels designed for customers who keep their bag budgets in the triple digits.
The Mr. Turk menswear label is now in its second season, and the cross-pollination between the men's and women's wear is only positive. At the presentation, a male model and a female one stood side by side in matching black tuxedos blooming with glossy green jacquard flowers. Turk's husband and cofounder, Jonathan Skow, first designed the tuxedo as a custom piece for the musician Ryan Lewis to wear to the Grammys (he instead wore two other Mr. Turk suits the night of the awards show), but then, said Turk, "all the women in the office started trying it on." Soon, the tuxedo's feminine counterpart was born. Turk herself wore an all-black version at her presentation. On another podium, one of the women's prints—an oversize lipstick-red rose on a black silk crepe de chine—was used on the front placket of a subtly navy-and-black striped men's suit. The suit would make a great look for a wedding, regardless of the wearer's gender.