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Banana Republic Trina Turk Collection launches today

Banana Republic Trina Turk collection launches
The 60-piece Banana Republic Trina Turk collection launches Thursday, bringing the L.A. designer's name to its biggest audience yet, with patio dresses, tunic tops and bikinis in her signature sun-drenched prints available at 450 stores worldwide. Pieces are priced from $34.50 to $150, roughly half as much as her namesake line that sells at department stores and boutiques.

I sat down with Turk recently at her weekend house in Palm Springs to discuss the collection, and other recent developments in her business, which include a remodel of her Palm Springs boutique, and the launch of jewelry, stationary and bedding. And you can find out what Trina's favorite spots are for eating, shopping and relaxing in Palm Springs.

--Booth Moore


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Photos, left to right: Banana Republic Pink Swirl Printed Bonita Tunic Dress, $120.00; Pink Pisces Printed Sonya Strapless Patio Dress, $130.00; and White Crazy Botanical Printed Twist-Strap Dress, $130.00. Credit: Banana Republic

Trina Turk launches stationery, swimwear collaborations


She makes clothing, swimwear, home accessories, jewelry, handbags and bed linens. And now, Los Angeles designer Trina Turk is lending her sunny outlook to notecards and envelopes as part of a collaboration with the venerable luxury New York stationer Dempsey & Carroll, which was founded in 1878.

The East Coast-meets-West Coast designs include the Ogee (top right, in yellow or blue, $65) featuring a midcentury-ish geometric motif, and my favorite, the Coachella (top left, $60) in a multihued psychedelic print. The cards are available at or, and a portion of proceeds from the sales will benefit the nonprofit P.S. Arts.TurksCaicos_StringBikini lo-res

In other news, the designer has launched the Trina Turks & Caicos collection of swim and loungewear in exclusive prints for the luxury Grace Bay Club in Turks & Caicos.

The collection is available on Turk's website, or, if you are lucky enough to be taking a Caribbean holiday sometime soon, at the resort.


Coachella: Never mind the music

Designer Trina Turk tries on some jewelry

Holiday shopping: Take note of stylish stationery

-- Booth Moore

Top photo: Trina Turk and Dempsey & Carroll stationery.

Bottom photo: Trina Turks & Caicos bikini.

Step Up Women's Network Awards inspire

StepcollageThe Step Up Women's Network, a nonprofit devoted to connecting and advancing women and girls, held its annual Inspiration Awards on Friday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

And as L.A. designer Trina Turk said, they were nothing short of inspiring.

More than 700 women gathered for the luncheon, first for cocktails held in the event's "style lounges" featuring stylish displays from sponsors Turk, skin care brand Dermalogica and online shopping site Gilt City. Despite the June gloom, or maybe because of it, the room was filled with colorful patterned dresses and skirts, many of them from Turk's past collections.

When lunch was served, Step Up founder Kaye Popofsky Kramer spoke to the crowd. "Being a mentor is a privilege and a responsibility," she said, explaining how Step Up's after-school programs in Los Angeles help girls discover a future beyond gangs, drugs and violence, by connecting them with female mentors who help with confidence-building, internships and even college tours. (This year's Step Up class has a 100% high school graduation rate, and all of the girls are heading to college.)

Some of the Step Up teens performed an impressive spoken word piece titled "I See Myself in You," about what the program meant to them, and others read essays about their experiences. One woman, a first-generation immigrant, talked about how Step Up helped her go from "closed-minded chola to open-minded college student," being elected valedictorian of her high school class, and then earning a full college scholarship.  

Actress Christina Hendricks, the event's main honoree, was a last-minute no show. (She was in New York practicing for a performance at Sunday's Tony Awards). But corporate honoree Jane Wurwand, founder of Dermalogica, was there. Introduced by Busy Phillips, Wurwand spoke about her company's new FITE microfinance initiative for female entrepreneurs.

Nikki Reed introduced the event's third honoree, director Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), who shared a juicy tidbit about actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's real first kiss. Apparently, it was on Hardwicke's bed, where they auditioned.

Needless to say, the Step Up teens were thrilled.

--Booth Moore


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Photos top to bottom: Actors NIkki Reed; Sarah Jane Morris, left, and Busy Phillips, right; and director Catherine Hardwicke at the Step Up Women's Network's 8th Annual Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday in Beverly Hills. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

Trina Turk's full Mr. Turk menswear collection now available in her L.A. boutique

Trina Turk recently threw a cocktail party at her store in Los Angeles to celebrate the expanded availability of her Mr. Turk menswear collection -- a jaunty, colorful collection of boldly patterned pieces (think zebra-print five-pocket trousers, linen safari jackets, and blazers and board shorts popping with pinks and tiger-leaf prints) that until now has been available primarily at her Palm Springs store and online.

Starting with the spring and summer 2011 collection, the full range of Mr. Turk can be bought off the rack at two additional boutiques -- the one in Los Angeles at 8008 W. 3rd Street (if you don't spot it right away, don't despair -- it's merchandised in the back of the store) and the New York East Hampton store (which has traditionally stocked some of the menswear pieces).

Although I can't see trying to squeeze myself into a pair of the rather truncated Jet Set trunks (a narrow strip of bathing suit that could double as a tea towel -- which is apparently one of the bestsellers in the collection), there was an eye-catching floral jacquard blazer  -- in bright green -- that looked like it was just begging to be taken to a Palm Springs garden party.

When I suggested it to another fellow who happened to be browsing the rack beside me, his immediate response was: "Maybe if I was Austin Powers," which in a way was the perfect characterization of the offerings on hand -- and, for that matter, the attitude of the whole menswear collection in general -- Austin Powers on a Palm Springs holiday.

And, if you live in L.A., that "groovy baby" gear just got a whole lot easier to get.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Models dressed in pieces from the spring and summer 2011 Mr. Turk collection, the menswear line from Trina Turk that has recently expanded to bricks-and-mortar boutiques in East Hampton, N.Y., and Los Angeles. Credit: Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times

Trina Turk takes a sunny piece of SoCal to N.Y.


L.A.-based designer Trina Turk's spring presentation was a sunny piece of SoCal moved to New York. Turk brought all the trappings of home with her to breathe life into her collection, including '70s-era fiber art wall hangings, Herb Alpert LPs and funky print floor pillows tailor-made for a key party, creating vignettes for her models.

There was the pool party, the backgammon game and the lovers' romp. Everyone played along, more or less. "It's been hard to get them to stand up," Turk said of the models.  "They just want to lounge."

As usual, the clothes were all about the designer's signature prints, many of which had a botanical theme ("Laguna plaid," "tiger leaf" and "cactus flowers"). There were maxi-dresses, breezy tops and dresses, perfect for a Palm Springs weekend.

But what really stood out were the  tailored pieces, including a crisp, white sleeveless jumpsuit with cropped pants, and a pleated white skirt that hit below the knee. Perhaps it's the minimalism we left off with at the fall collections in Paris in March that's making simpler look better now.

Turk never strays much from her 1960s-70s feel-good SoCal theme, but why should she? It's enchanting, as anyone who lives in L.A. knows.

Click here for more Trina Turk pictures.

-- Booth Moore

Photos: Models wearing Trina Turk designs. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times

Trina Turk offers expanded men's collection online

It might come as a surprise, but Trina Turk has been offering a menswear collection, dubbed Mr. Turk, ever since she opened her first retail store in Palm Springs in 2002.

In the beginning, Mr. Turk consisted of a small number of pieces in the designer's signature bold, vintage-inspired aesthetic -- a few pairs of shorts, a trouser or two and a couple of shirts -- and only available at two brick-and-mortar Trina Turk boutiques, the Palm Springs store and the one in East Hampton, N.Y.

That's since grown to a total of 23 styles (produced in limited runs of about 20 pieces each) for spring/summer 2010, with prices ranging from $128 (for a striped cotton short-sleeve button front shirt) to $398 (for a riotous jacquard pattern jacket).

And this month, for the first time the entire Mr. Turk collection is available for purchase online.

Turk says she was motivated to make the guys gear accessible through cyberspace after a high-profile shindig. “Jonathan Skow, my husband and our creative director, and I threw a barbecue that was covered in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living," she said. "And a large number of the shots were of the male guests, who were all wearing Mr. Turk."

"Since then, the stores are getting a ton of queries — from guys themselves and from their girlfriends, wives, sisters, you name it — about where they can buy our menswear, so we realized we needed to make it available quickly and widely, and getting it up on our website is the easiest way of doing that.”

So, guys, if you want to go bold this summer, your new wingman -- that'd be Mr. Turk -- is just a few clicks away.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: Now available through the Trina Turk website, the Mr. Turk menswear collection includes, from left, bold plaid trousers ($228), floral Bermuda shorts ($168) and ripstop fabric short-sleeve shirts ($148).  Credit: Jonathan Skow

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Events: Mother's Day at Juicy Couture, Trina Turk plus salon and spa specials

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This Saturday (May 8), Juicy Couture is celebrating Mother's Day with an in-store party at its Beverly Hills flagship. Complimentary treats offered with "sweet" Juicy men. Spend $100 and get a Juicy Couture for Nice Moms T-shirt for $5 that goes to Baby Buggy, which provides infant necessities to needy families.

421 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills. (310) 205-2970. Noon to 4 p.m.

On Saturday (May 8), Trina Turk and friend "Good Day LA" host Jillian Barberie Reynolds celebrate Mother's Day with a day of shopping and pampering, including complimentary manicure. Mocktails will be sipped. A percentage of proceeds from day sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Charities of America. Complimentary valet parking provided along with a special take-home gift. RSVP to

8008 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 651-1382. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Tax-day deals from Trina Turk, Sonya Dakar and Westime

1_580_FULL Tonight (April 15), Trina Turk is offering a tax-relief night of “Champagne & Shopping” by taking 20% off new spring and summer styles including swimwear and accessories at Trina Turk boutiques. If you’re close to Newport Beach, Turk will be at the Fashion Island boutique to greet shoppers.  In L.A., the Trina Turk 3rd Street boutique will launch its annual vintage sale with clothing and bags starting from $28. The 20% sale also applies to purchases made online 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

As fans are aware, Trina Turk’s fashions have a Southern California resort-feel with vibrant hues, signature prints and sleek silhouettes.

8008 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 651-1382. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

581 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach. (949) 717-7881. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Starting today (April 15), Sonya Dakar is taking 20% off any in-clinic skincare service, including the new Apple Stem Cell anti-aging treatment (regular price $495 for 90 minutes) featuring a lactic and phytic-acid peel along with an LED-light mask treatment. Through Sunday, you can also receive free shipping on Sonya Dakar skincare products ordered online using code: freeship.

9975 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (888) 647-6692.

Ongoing through April 30, Westime is paying the sales tax on all watch purchases at its West L.A. and Beverly Hills boutiques. The sales-tax promo also covers phone orders and lay-aways made this month but can’t be combined with other offers.

Perhaps it’s time to treat mom, dad or grad to a new watch.

10800 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 197, Los Angeles. (310) 470-1388. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills. (310) 271-0000. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

-- Max Padilla

Photo: A spring 2010 look from Trina Turk. Courtesy Trina Turk.

Trina Turk, 15 years young

Trina%20Headshot It's hard to believe that Los Angeles designer Trina Turk has only been in business 15 years.

Her playful, modernist print clothing line is such a part of the Southern California landscape -- from the desert to the sea -- that you would think it had been longer.

Turk's easy, breezy dresses and tunics, crisp pants and blazers, are such staples at department and specialty stores that she says she's weathered the economic downturn surprisingly well.

In fact, she recently launched a new product category -- jewelry -- based on a lifelong love of vintage pieces by Georg Jensen, David Andersen, Hans Hansen and others.

"I've been collecting vintage jewelry for years, going to flea markets and thrift stores," she said on a recent afternoon at her downtown showroom, which was designed by Barbara Bestor, with striking 1960s era Romeo Reyna tapestries. "We've always used vintage jewelry in shoots and wholesalers always wanted to buy the pieces."

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