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

March 21, 2011 | 11:00 am

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