Monday Muse: Trina Turk’s Southern California Sojourn

Trina Turk Fall 2014

Trina Turk Fall 2014

When you think Trina Turk, you’re probably imagining poolside glam, flowing caftans and perfectly proper frocks that are Palm Springs ready, but the designer decided to take her girl on a little road trip for Fall 2014. Sunny dispositions aside, because let’s face it, there’s nothing brooding about any of Turk’s collections, her girls were taking a little road trip through L.A.’s different neighborhoods and picking up choice sartorial souvenirs along the way — and for the first time, the guys of Mr. Turk were along for the ride.

Trina Turk Fall 2014

Trina Turk Fall 2014

During the designer’s presentation at New York Fashion Week’s Lincoln Center venue, editors spotted choice coats, which Turk said were one of the collection’s touchstones — fall is all about coats, even in Southern California, where toppers need to look great when temps dip below 60. But as more and more of the collection came into focus, what developed was a journey from L.A.’s ultra-trendy Silverlake neighborhood (home to spots such as Clare Vivier’s West Coast flagship, shops such as Mohawk General Store and hipster haunt Intelligentsia Coffee) through the different neighborhoods of the city. Turk’s girls grabbed tailored coats at the start of their journey and added a few geometric and Art Deco prints that they might have picked up in Hollywood, bold florals that were reminiscent of Downtown’s multi-cultural mix and beachy loose knits, Fair Isle sweaters and loose, boxy tees were perfect for sunset strolls at Venice Beach or rides on the ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier. Beverly Hills’ lush flora was spotted on a pair of tuxedos — one for girls and one for guys under Turk’s Mr. Turk division.

Trina Turk Fall 2014

Trina Turk Fall 2014

Speaking of the guys, the Fall 2014 collection was the first time that Turk showed menswear alongside her women’s ready-to-wear collection. Under the helm of Turk’s husband Jonathan Skow, the label has grown from a tightly curated selection of swimwear to a full-blown collection. The verdant green jacquard tux that was on display was actually designed for Ryan Lewis to wear to the Grammy’s. He opted for a different Mr. Turk tux, but the print looked great on both a men’s and women’s option. Also new were handbags, which ranged from mesh minaudières and shoulder bags to colorblocked satchels — the perfect pieces to stow flea market finds and vintage gems when you’ve hit the road. Each one is priced comfortably under $1,000, giving Turk’s fans one more reason to celebrate the expansion of Turk’s empire.

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Images courtesy Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Style and Trina Turk

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.