June 09, 2014 New York
Color is always important to Trina Turk, but for Resort she was particularly taken with her chosen palette, a mix of poppy, yellow—which she's calling "crazy daisy"—and indigo blue. They all came together in the season's festive confetti print, which was splashed on a tissuey silk dress with flutter sleeves and a keyhole neckline. The confetti was also used on a skirt, top, and matching jacket but blown up and overlaid with black graph paper lines. "It makes the bright colors work in the dead of winter when this stuff is delivered," said the designer. But Turk also has plenty of clients who live in consistently warm weather, and her summery options had a more straightforward appeal. Standouts included an A-line strapless top and matching pencil skirt in a Baja stripe, as well as a long silk slipdress done in her new "TT Tile" print and piped in hot orange. The pattern—which is so subtle that the T's are nearly undetectable—was inspired by a vintage garment Turk found. Its nod to the brand, however so slight, made it a great candidate to emblazon on bags and shoes, too. And Turk hopes to incorporate it even further. "It'll have a long life beyond this Resort collection," she said. Everybody is doing jumpsuits now, but Turk was one of the first to really make that garment one of her things. "We've been doing them for three years, and now we're scrambling to get more in production," she said. This season, that included a tailored navy version—which could be great over a black turtleneck—as well as a wide-leg poppy style that had a dressed-up feel. Turk credits the jumpsuit's widespread success to the fact that it's a novelty that has managed to transform into a staple. "Before, not everyone had a jumpsuit in her closet," she said. "Now it's as important as a dress."