A Mod LA Summer with Trina Turk


As a genuine Los
Angeles native, I love style that is effortless, colorful, confident,
accessible, yet cutting edge.  From the modernist homes that graze the
rolling hills, to the distinctive up and coming fashion designers stemming from
the eastside, Los Angeles is a sophisticated metropolitan city making a mark as
the influential tastemaker.  
Since launching her
line in 1995, Trina Turk is one of the key influential tastemakers.  Her
various lines blend the clean, seek lines reminiscent of Richard Neutra’s
modernist architecture lining the beachfront in Malibu with the vibrant and
accessible attitude of Palm Springs.  Turk shows that Angelenos do things
their own way and they do it right – it is no wonder why people from the world
flock to LA and why Barbie has never moved out of Tinseltown. 
My love for design
and fashion developed in my early years while I still played my Barbie doll and
her ever expanding wardrobe collection.  It bothered me that Barbie’s
cutting edge fashion didn’t seem to fit in with her traditional mansion.
Albeit pink, the mansion did not represent Barbie’s distinguished taste in
design nor her jetsetter lifestyle.  In my mind, her mansion needed to be
modified to fit in the signature modernist homes that surrounded me in Los
Angeles – sleek homes featuring bold design elements and cocktail parties
reminiscent of Slim Aaron’s pool parties.  Fortunately, Barbie’s housing
options have been enhanced over the years so future generations of girls need
not worry that Barbie will come home to a mansion that is anything but
sophisticated.  Part of the makeover is thanks Trina Turk who is the
epitome of sleek, vivid, and confident Los Angeles style.
Turk’s current
collection brings together bold blues and corals, flanked by black and white
prints for an effortless yet striking summer feel.   Her most recent
collaboration, Malibu Barbie, stays true to the California girl, specifically
Turk herself, and features bright pastels in mod prints.  Both these collections
feature complete line-ups of items to take you from beachside barbeque to
poolside cocktails.  Turk stays true to her LA roots by designing out of
her LA office and ensuring more than half of her collection is produced in LA. 
Turk’s summer 2013
collection is what you would expect Slim Aarons to photograph – attractive
people doing attractive things in attractive places.  The stand out pieces
includes the Tanzania zebra bikini featuring a bold black and white design
adorned with fringes as ties.  The sea cove print tunic is a prelude to
the vintage kimonos of the 60s, but more versatile with a low v-back which
lends itself for a flirty vibe.  The knock out sea cove print comes in
array of pieces including bikini, maxi dress, and lounge pants.  The
Malibu Barbie collection has everything a California girl would dream of –
including a Turked out surfboard, sure to be the envy of every Betty in town. 
Turk successfully and
almost exclusively marries Los Angeles’ multicultural mix with sleekness in her
current swim collection; and ramps up it up for the sophisticated women
surprisingly through the Malibu Barbie collection.   Both collections
represent what Barbie really dreamed of all these decades: a sophisticated home
that exudes clean lines, vibrant décor, but is still accessible to her friends
and shows off her progressive and confident take on fashion. 

Turk will be one of many brands to exhibit this August at WWDMagic.  I hope to have the opportunity to attend the show to not only see upcoming trends and collections from Trina Turk Swim but more than 2,000 emerging and established labels.  Based on Turk’s record, I’m certain the collections will speak to the Los Angeles style and attitude that she has long represented.  



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