Trina Turk is taking a sunny coastal drive for her spring 2014 collection and she’s bringing her man with her.
“We decided to do a California road trip theme, which is basically about driving up the Pacific Coast Highway,” the friendly designer told me during her presentation at Lincoln Center. “So we incorporated swimwear into the looks—because you need your bikini when you’re at the beach—and we also incorporated Mr. Turk, which is our menswear collection, into the looks as well. Because you want to have your cute boyfriend with you when you go on your road trip.”
The collection featured lots of sunny SoCal girl pieces (she did say UP the PCH and not down, sorry Bay Area)—red and white sailor stripes paired with shimmery pool-blue “O”-printed jacquard, swirly prism prints on caftans and wide-leg pajama pants and a super cute and L.A.-starlet-ready pastel-dashed corset crop top and tailored shorts.
Some pieces definitely harked back to a 70s sepia-filtered-era. A coordinated earthy-hued garden print shell and shorts set, faded wide leg jeans and a slouchy chambray jumpsuit called Charlie’s Angels—the original TV series, not the millennial Drew Barrymore-Cameron Diaz-Lucy Liu movie—to mind. Hollywood pop art florals go back even further to the 50s, channeled through a techno-floral print on a sequined sweatshirt, a shimmery maxi-dress and a blazer on a Mr. Turk.
The designer also gave us a sampling of her new shoe line, featuring two of her upcoming styles.
“One is the Vagabond sandal, which is a hippie sandal, a flat,” Turk explained. “And the other we’re showing is the Lucite-heeled mule which comes in a bunch of different colors. It’s a wooden sole with Lucite heel.”
Love it or hate it, Birks really are the fashion shoe these days. A close up look at the Vagabond pretty much showed a metallic two-strap Arizona style with grommet and rounded-flat stud embellishments.
With this sunny Southern California coastal theme, will we be seeing Malibu Barbie and Ken sporting the Trina Turk and Mr. Turk outfits come next spring?
“Well, you know that was a one shot thing,” the designer laughed. “We got our one chance to do Barbie and we really had a good time doing it.”
Oh well. Don’t think Barbie’s feet would fit into a flat Birks-esque sandal anyway. Even if it has studs and grommets.
Photos: Vincent Dilio