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Trina Turk Fall 2013 Collection Review - A Grown Up California Girl

By Laura Cochran Nay

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Trina Turk’s debut at New York Fashion Week for her Fall 2013 collection was centered around “California Modern” with an updated twist. The veteran designer’s contemporary brand is known for its Palm Springs aesthetic but the brand took a detour showing a more mature side of the designer. “We are ready for a change,” the designer said as she fielded questions amongst the crowded Box at Lincoln Center. The 70’s inspired collection featured fresh faced models donning fedoras and menswear suit separates. The designer switched out her typically bright and playful designs for a more grown up and richer look.

Fedoras topped off each of the monochromatic suits


Although the collection for this fall is more business time than pool side attire, the playful attitude of the designer was still present. The collection was full of color, pattern and print but enriched with loads of texture, rich fabrics and layering. Luxurious silks, supple leather and fine furs gave the playful brand the sophisticated polish that it needed to bust out of its usual box. Chevron knits and geometric printed sweaters were fun while remaining grown up enough for the office. Rich furs dyed in shades of plum and deep green were topped off with long leather gloves in matching hues. Silk scarves in matching prints to the silk blouses were tied tightly around the neck to look like a choker.  The combination of the layers of rich fabrics with the geometric patterns was a huge hit with the buzzing crowd.

Trina Turk used color and pattern in an updated way for her fall collection


A dose of southwestern influence was seen through the use of colors from the desert. Still staying true to being a California brand, the colors were far less suggestive of palm trees and more cactus and sunsets. Trina Turk made a note to mention the lack of bright neon hues were traded in for monochromatic looks in more saturated shades of mustard, plum and emerald green. Inspired by the infamous Californian sunsets and earthy tones from the desert, the collection was warm and inviting.  

Menswear inspired suits in houndstooth were accentuated with pops of red


Menswear proved to be a huge inspiration with houndstooth patterns and double breasted overcoats. Suit separates reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent in the 70’s were sleek and modern in monochromatic hues. Pleated shorts in heavy wool were paired with matching blazers in corresponding patterns. Outerwear was equally masculine with oversized lapels and large buttons. 


While staying true to the plethora of color and print that is synonymous with the Trina Turk brand, the designer created a more polished look using loads of layers and rich fabrics in grown up silhouettes for her Mercedes Benz Fashion Week debut. If she was looking to shock and surprise, she succeeded. Turning up the heat for the New York fashion elite will surely give a boost to the brand drawing in a more mature clientele.

Published on Apr 29, 2013

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