NYFW AW2014: Trina Turk

Few brands do California cool as well as Trina Turk, particularly in a way that is constantly refreshing. The Trina Turk and Mr Turk Fall 2014 collections purposefully aim to juxtapose different sides of California, taking “a drive west on Sunset Blvd through LA from Silverlake to the sea”. Yet the end result is much more nostalgic than hipster, even though it is replete with berets, ankle trousers and borrowed from the boys looks for girls.

Thanks to all of the recent IMG shakeups at New York Fashion Week (jury is still out on what people on the ground think of all this), the Trina Turk and Mr Turk Fall 2014 presentation was shown in the round in a basement space called The Hub at The Hudson Hotel, which has more than a hint of the school gymnasium about it, complete with concrete walls, a sheet backdrop and the almost garish Mercedes Benz Fashion Week posters tacked all over the entry way like a schoolgirl’s bedroom wall.

Happily, the crowd was there to see the collection and perhaps did not mind the space so much, being in New York City. The Trina Turk and Mr Turk Fall 2014 collections, of course, did not disappoint, with a covetable variety of mixed textures and prints in autumn appropriate tweeds, corduroys, jacquards and weathered fabrics layered in almost Gatsby-esque 1930s proportions with trim pencil skirts balanced with cape coats and fitted jackets with cropped trousers and layered tweed blazers and waistcoats for the boys with snappy berets to top it off all around.

After recovering from last season’s extreme 80s punk revival, it is nice to see an autumn return to tailoring and body-conscious silhouettes. The Trina Turk and Mr Turk Fall 2014 collections feature many office appropriate and date-worthy looks for both the girls and boys, all with a dash of style and an edge of California nonchalance.

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by Jessica Quillin