Californian at heart and modernist in spirit, Trina Turk founded her eponymous line in 1995. Throughout her collections, she has somehow always been able to celebrate her homeland, and her ready-to-wear and accessories fashion shows are some of the most awaited ones year after year. This time, with the Trina Turk fall/winter 2016-17 RTW lineup, New York Fashion Week got overwhelmed with a mixture of European bohemian and Californian styles, where prints and vibrant colors are the main protagonists.
Infused with Turk’s indescribable passion for vintage clothes (one could easily spot her while going to flea markets and thrift stores, looking for some statement jewelry to add to her collection), the lineup is filled with retro-inspired details, such as big floral brooches, bowler hats, berets and even Parisian cloches. The collection celebrates different materials too, enhancing all the colorful prints not only with well-tailored items and clean lines, but also (if not mainly) with a never-seen-before richness in texture that gives all the looks a vaguely haute couture allure.
Besides cotton, Turk made great usage of woven jacquard and faux fur, carefully combining each one of these fabrics with the most appropriately designed patterns. Although multicolored stripes surely are the key element, adorning basically anything from super-skinny pants to pencil midi dresses, Turk couldn’t exempt herself from bringing pied-de-poule patterns, paisley motifs and big floral prints back to fashion, referring to their overall retro vibes as “a bit magpie and vintage-inspired”.
As for the colors used, Turk blissfully combines earthy tones, which range from Californian desert colors to British countryside-inspired hues, with bright reds, purples and oranges letting us know that nothing will possibly ever stop her from employing color-blocking motifs. Even those who strictly follow the ‘never wear more than three colors at a time’ rule will be surprised to notice how cool such a potpourri of shades looks in just one outfit.
When it comes to the main lines and cuts, Turk particularly enjoys roomy trousers and big sleeves, mannish jackets and equestrian-inspired culottes, alternating such looks with more conventionally feminine pieces, among which longuette skirts, A-line frocks and hourglass maxi dresses give the entire collection a more ethereal turn. Lace makes a quick appearance too, getting exquisitely matched with a striped single-breasted coat and a pair of high-heeled ankle boots (incredibly balancing the figure rather than making it look stocky).
Lastly, while browsing through the collection, Turk’s emphasis on the coats becomes undeniably visible, as almost each one of the looks unveiled includes at least a coat or waistcoat. Aside from the dark green anorak and the double-breasted navy coat, Turk’s coats all feature unique patterns and one-of-a-kind colors, meaning that if you are looking for a vintage-looking staple to sport this upcoming cold season, something you’ll be able to also hand down from one generation to another, you should probably consider making an investment in one of Turk’s creations.
Photos courtesy of Vogue