If there’s one thing I particularly love about the New York Fashion Week, that’s the fact that its runway shows feel like an extension of summer. Whenever it comes to a Trina Turk collection, such feelings get always amplified. For the next warmer seasons, the Trina Turk spring/summer 2017 collection takes us on vacation to the Caribbean, surprising us with a blast of cheerful colors, jocose patterns and fresh, dynamic cuts and lines.
Specifically inspired by Cuba, the references and cultural reminiscences of which played a huge role throughout the NYFW 2016 collections too, this Trina Turk spring/summer 2017 line-up is femininity at its purest, with even the signature Cuban pinstripe suits being revisited and translated to a more delicate and bon-ton style. Trina Turk’s trip to Cuba is, however, not just about art and design.
Trina Turk’s journey to Cuba is, in fact, a meticulous one discovering the Cuban roots, as she deeply searched for the island’s contrasting spirits, different approaches to life and historical souls, before applying them to her proposals. As a result, she managed to perfectly transpose the Cuban architecture, nightlife, society and cultural differences to fashion, applying each one of these motifs to equally intriguing and intricate graphic patterns.
When not focusing on prints, Trina Turk opted for lace embroideries, zigzagged hems and slightly gauzy fabrics, the contemporary outcomes of which embody Cuba’s new modernist era.
While Cuba’s most notorious ice cream parlor chain, Coppelia, served as an inspiration for this Trina Turk SS 2017 collection’s color palette and rainbow swirl prints, Havana’s nightlife helped Trina Turk recreate a sort of ‘dancing queens’ night out’ motif, enhanced here by fringed jumpsuits and oversized frilled detailing.
To better recreate the Cuban daily life, Trina drew inspiration from both the touristic and native sides of the archipelago. While peplum long-sleeved shirts, body-cons, floor-length frocks remind us of the most glamorous side of Cuba, cargo jackets, denim pieces and hats quickly wake us up to the Cuban reality. One of the collection’s items, a short-sleeved denim jacket was for this reason specifically inspired by this reality, and took Trina Turk to further analyze the Cuban society’s obsession with aesthetics, too.
“The women were wearing what appeared to be these little olive-drab uniforms that looked like they were from the ’70s, but in a really good way. They were made of this really heavy cotton twill and were kind of fitted, with flared pants and long collars. I thought they were great,” she explained backstage.
As much as Cuba’s traditional and colonial architectures mirror its political and social history, this Trina Turk collection is a reflection of Cuba’s diverse artistic movements, with more traditional layered mini dresses creating an appealing contrast with the collection’s casual-chic sweatshirts and ultra modern jackets with tactical cut-outs at the shoulders.
Refined in every single detail, this Trina Turk SS 2017 collection aims at providing us with something aesthetically pleasing to look at, as beauty and perfection may be regarded as one of Cuba’s intrinsic values.
“But the thing is, people there really care about how they look. Color is really important to them,” she concluded, making us hope for more introspective fashion journeys in the days to come!
Photos courtesy of Vogue