"Buy now, wear now" is a term often thrown around, especially during the pre-collections. But it resonates most with contemporary designers, whose practical customer is far less inclined to purchase an entire wardrobe of clothes months before she can actually wear it. For Pre-Fall, Trina Turk
took the idea to heart, offering autumn staples in summer fabrics. A pair of plaid pants, for instance, was rendered in a drapey silk. A slipdress in that same painted-plaid print was layered under a loosely knitted crop top. Indeed, Turk included plenty of lightweight knitwear, a category in which she's had particular success over the past few seasons. An oversize black hoodie, which had a louche, throw-over-anything attitude, was the standout.
The look was Laurel Canyon grunge, which meant lots of layering and print-mixing the way bohemian girls did it in the early nineties (cardigans over slipdresses over turtlenecks, etc.). Turk, who admitted she's a little "prints crazy," is moving away from the digital style that has become so popular over the past few years. "We—and the market—were enthralled by digital," the designer said. "I'm excited about the return of the hand-drawn print," a fact that was evident in her aforementioned plaid, classic tie-dye, and graphic daisy. That's smart thinking, as Turk's trend-conscious base is certainly getting sick of computerized graphics.