This time of year is always interesting, because on one hand, I am writing about the impending cold weather &  holiday fashions, and on the other, I’m talking about the spring & summer fashions for next year. It took me awhile to get used to always being a season ahead. After all, it’s strange to be getting out the gloves & boots for winter while watching the spring/summer collections come down the runway.

Lately, I have been seeing a good amount of spring 2012 collections – first during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and now by appointments at showrooms. Last Tuesday, I was invited to see the Trina Turk Spring 2012 Collection and it was beautiful. Her style has a lot of bold colors like coral and turquoise and is resort inspired, which always gets my attention. The women’s collection has solid pieces great for color-blocking (a big trend this season and next) as well as some really wonderful prints including florals, stripes, and my favorite, this agate inspired pieces shown below: More…

Trina Turk 2012

The men’s collection was also full of color, similar to the Perry Ellis Men’s Collection I posted on earlier. Blue, yellow,red, and floral stand out in a big way. While I don’t think I could convince my boyfriend to wear floral pants, I do think he’d be willing to try some of the other pieces in this collection and would look great in them! I’m eying the yellow blazer with the blue pocket scarf.

Trina Turk Mens 2012

In addition to women’s and men’s wear, Trina Turk also offers a wide selection of gorgeous jewelry and items for the home. I love the embroidered coasters and I especially love the necklace I’m wearing, at  Monique Lhullier’s event for Saks 5th Avenue, in the photo below!

Trina Turk Home Collection


Monique Lhullier and Kristen Colapinto, Trina Turk Necklace

Inspired by the multicultural mix, architecture, and landscape of Los Angeles and California, The Trina Turk Collection is full of the Season’s most casually sophisticated – and “must have” silhouettes. Trina’s philosophy is to create wearable, optimistic fashion that incorporates the best aspects of classic American sportswear. The collection has become known for an amazing pant fit and gorgeous signature prints. Swimwear was introduced in 2007 through a license with Apparel Ventures. Trina has drawn constant inspiration from the cocktail party and poolside lifestyle of the desert, so it was fitting that the first Trina Turk boutique opened in March 2002 in Palm Springs, California in a modernist building designed by Albert Frey. The flagship store in Los Angeles is an airy ladylike pink-hued space. In December 2006, Trina Turk New York opened in the meatpacking district, bringing a splash of California color to the neighborhood. Trina Turk residential opened in May 2008 next door to the original boutique in Palm Springs. Boutiques at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California, Burlingame, California and Bal Harbour shops in Miami, Florida are the latest additions. A summertime only shop in East Hampton just finished it’s second summer season this year and will be back next year.

Spring 2009 brought the introduction of a printed indoor/outdoor fabric collection for the home with venerable home furnishings manufacturer Schumacher, and Trina Turk residential products, including rugs, pillows and tabletop textiles. A new Schumacher collection launches for Spring 2011. Trina Turk has been able to use her talent and success to support many charitable arts and historic preservation organizations including: Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Project Angel Food, Dress for Success, Step Up Women’s Network, Upward Bound House, Women of Tomorrow, and Family Service, The Hammer Museum, MOCA, The Palm Springs Art Museum, The Los Angeles Conservancy, The Palm Springs Modern Committee, The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Trina has also been a design mentor to fashion design students at OTIS College of Art and Design.

FYI: The Current Fall Collection is pretty amazing too!