Trina Turk's spring/summer '14 collection was anything but drab. The California native took what she knew best and channeled it into 25 airy looks that were chock full of graphic floral prints. Turk showed a mix of casual separates, beachwear and on-trend feminine frocks. With a focus on relaxed elegance, Turk remained true to her everyday aesthetic incorporating an influx of chambray, crop tops, mesh, and vibrant prints into the line.
The designer also debuted several Mr. Turk looks (menswear) and incorporated swimsuits into the collection. On the men's side, highlights included a matching graphic floral men's blazer and swim trunks and a plaid suit. For women, it was all about the full-body chambray jumpsuit, a matching paisley tank and short set, and a floor length subdued yellow column dress.
We got a chance to chat with the designer before the show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
This is your second time showing at Fashion Week. What did you learn the first time around?
Well, we kind of just learned how it works. So it made this time a lot smoother and a lot easier. Just sort of knowing what to expect. We were excited to show spring because it's closer to the California brand. We're also showing Mr. Turk today, which is our menswear line and I think when you have the guys in there, it gives the whole feeling of a lifestyle.
Could you tell me a little bit about this collection?
My inspiration was a road trip through California. So our girl is traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway, along the Pacific Ocean. And the collection has definitely a beachy feel, a little bit more to the casual side, although we've done quite a few of these matching sets, which is something that looks really cute and fresh and mixed in a very drapy chambray and a sun-washed, bright pastel color palette.
You're from California, and it's a theme that shows up in all your collections. What is it about your home state that you find so much inspiration in?
The Trina Turk brand is California modern. That's sort of the umbrella under which everything fits, so it's not like this collection is inspired by Bali or this collection is inspired by Mexico, although if I had time, I would love to travel for every single collection we do, but since we do 11 per year, the idea of California covers so many things.
This line is full of intense, almost over-the-top prints. What attracts you to one print over another?
I think all of our prints have a very graphic quality. We don't really do tiny itsy bitsy prints or soft mushy prints. We do things that are strong and graphic and have this very bold look.
Reporting by Alexandra Finkel