From the surfer cool of Santa Cruz to the moneyed elegance of Pebble Beach, Trina Turk's Resort outlook is a study of California's Monterey Peninsula, not far from where she grew up in San Francisco. Sporty types will fall for the navy silk basketball shorts paired with the collection's open-weave knit sweater and some slip-on Vans. Suddenly, a brand known for its feminine retro appeal now works for tomboys, too.

Of course, there is still plenty for the girly girls, including a Carmel-by-the-Sea-worthy slipdress decorated with a bright, blown-up floral, and a hot coral trapeze dress in the most inviting silk-back crepe. That same floral was a little too kitschy done in a tunic-ish dress; it might've looked better in Turk's new kimono-style blouse, a silhouette she is very into right now.

The pieces that really stood out were the slightly more masculine styles, including a navy jumpsuit with a flyaway top. The tailored trousers made it feel more like a two-piece—and less of a seventies throwback. "I'm always going to love vintage, but we want to move the brand forward," said Turk on the phone from Los Angeles, where she lives. "We want to retain our customer but also attract a new one, which means we've made a conscious decision to focus on modern California style." Sounds like a good motto.