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August 29 2014

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4 posts tagged "Trina Turk"

Surf & Turk

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The temperatures are quickly dropping and the sunny days appear to be numbered in New York, but yesterday, designer Trina Turk warmed things right up with her Southern California beach and tennis club-inspired presentation at Milk Studios. Turk knows her customer well and offered new iterations of her signature bold prints (even bringing some of the prints from her menswear into the womenswear collection) and preppy, classic ponte dresses, all of which look ready for an afternoon at the tennis club or a day at Newport Beach. “There are things you could wear to work, too,” added her husband, Jonathan Skow, who helms Mr. Turk. “As much as everyone wishes they could be at a tennis club all day, most of us do have to go to work. With these clothes, you could go to work but you feel like you could be at the tennis club.” We can imagine numbers like the blue and white graphic-print shirtdress or the ladybug-print black and white pants would move pretty seamlessly from a summer Friday at the office to courtside cocktails in the Hamptons. On the more simple end, there was a clean, black and white color-block zip jacket that was one of the collection’s standouts (pictured). Turk, however, offered plenty of her beach-ready staples, too, from sporty silk shorts to a retro-print rash guard (a Turk first) that had this editor wishing it were already spring.

Photo: Courtesy of Trina Turk

Surfer, Skater, Chola, Star

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For many in fashion, L.A. is a full coast away from where the real action is. “Style in L.A. is sort of an oxymoron,” admits former L.A. Times writer and journalist Melissa Magsaysay. “It’s jeans and it’s T-shirts. But what’s wrong with that?” In hopes of changing the conversation surrounding style in the City of Angels, Magsaysay penned City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion, from Bohemian to Rock.

While following the contemporary market in L.A., the author realized that mass market brands were referencing L.A.’s ease and attitude as inspiration—without necessarily wanting to admit it. “No one will acknowledge it because it’s not Dior and Vuitton. But to me, it doesn’t have to be those labels and brands to be stylish, per se.” City of Style combines street-style photography with interviews with some of the city’s reigning tastemakers, ranging from Monique Lhuillier and Trina Turk to Phillip Lim and even Slash. Magsaysay makes the case for L.A.’s own native style archetypes, which need no reference to Paris prêt-à-porter or New York cool: its skaters, surfers, rockers, cholas, bohemians, and glamour-pusses of the old Hollywood screen-star mold. “They’re not trends but actual looks that came about from subcultures, music, and counterculture—what I think are inherent and totally unique to the city,” she says. They hint at an L.A. beyond the old jeans-and-tees cliches, and according to stylist/designers (and City of Style subjects) Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, they may prove more influential than many yet admit—even outside city limits. “In the past decade, L.A. has really come into its own in having a distinctive and relevant fashion sensibility,” the duo tells Style.com.

City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion, from Bohemian to Rock is available at Barnes and Noble May 22.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Turk Delight

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Trina Turk has had her hands full lately. The designer, in New York this morning to present her Fall ’12 collection, reports that she’s continuing to expand and focus on her menswear line, Mr. Turk, in addition to rolling out a very sizable, two-part Fall women’s collection and recently completing a line for Banana Republic.

“We pulled some of the classic, Palm Springs-inspired prints from the Trina Turk archives,” she says of the Banana Republic collection of summer wear, which hits stores in June. As for her latest offerings, the influence of artist Sonia Delaunay can be seen in her Fall Modernist Maverick collection of geometric-print silk dresses and color-block separates in bold blue, red, and green tones, with black and white accents recurring throughout. Success shined through in some of the more simple numbers, like the solid-color silk shirts and a mod, black and white long-sleeve dress.

For the second half of her Fall collection, she took a slightly “more subdued” approach, honing in on Hollywood heroines of the Hitchcock genre, like Grace Kelly. “The lookbook for this was actually shot on the Paramount lot,” Turk told Style.com as she held up an alpaca wrap coat (appropriately named after Kelly), followed by a series of pieces in eye-catching jigsaw plaid and leopard feather print georgette (pictured). Not to miss out on the peplum wave, Turk also showed conservative version in a black and cream floral. Some of the best efforts came in the outerwear department, which included a wool motorcycle jacket with leather trim and an ostrich shrug coat in a muted mauve shade. Overall, the looks were smart and wearable—both qualities that Turk fans have come to love, and expect, from the designer.

Photo: Courtesy of Trina Turk

Oscar’s Night

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“With Spain, we think of bullfighters and flamenco dancers, but there is so much more,” Oscar de la Renta said last night at a private viewing of the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute’s Joaquin Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress exhibition. The designer (who conceived the exhibit) and André Leon Talley (who curated it) gathered at the museum on Park Avenue to discuss the
Valencian artist’s influence on Iberian style to a small crowd, which included his wife, Annette de la Renta, Steven Kolb, and Trina Turk.

The exhibition is a feast for the eyes, displaying several Sorolla paintings alongside over 30 original costumes from the period, including lace bridal
gowns from Toledo, boiled wool sheepherder capes, and a pirate’s trove of silver filigree jewelry, all of which were lent from Sorolla’s archives in Madrid. The multi-floor display also includes Catalan-influenced contemporary fashions by Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Stefano Pilati, and Cristobal Balenciaga (the similarities between the latter’s cocoon cape and a Basque fisherman’s tunic are uncanny).

As for de la Renta, if his recent pre-fall collection of embroidered coats and bolero jackets is any indication, he too is feeling his roots. “Spain has always been an influence in my work,” he tells Style.com. “Sometimes things seep in unconsciously.” His favorite Spanish hallmark? “I have always loved ruffles. They are the essence of femininity.”

Joaquin Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress runs through March 10, Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, 684 Park Ave., NYC.

Photos: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com