Highland Park Village caught up with California based fashion designer Trina Turk for an exclusive interview. In 2002, Turk opened her first boutique in Palm Springs and has since expanded to seven boutiques (one of which is in Highland Park Village). Her clothing line, accessories, and home decor is often inspired by her love of 60s and 70s vintage clothing and jewelry, modernist and graphic art, and mid-century modern architecture. Turk is widely known for her graphic prints, bold use of color, and floral designs. We were so lucky to catch up with the designer during the busy fall season. We wanted to know: what are her autumn must-haves, traveling essentials, and what has she liked best about operating her Dallas boutique thus far?
Highland Park Village: What inspired your fall collection?
Trina Turk: There are 3 different collections for fall. The first delivery was inspired by the graphic patterns and prints of the
Ultra- “Modernist Maverick,” Sonia Delaunay, the second delivery was inspired by 1950’s to 1960’s “Hitchcock
Heroines” including Tippi Hedron, Grace Kelly and Kim Novak and the final fall delivery was inspired by a new
generation of “Royalty” in the excess of the lux life, mixing of patterns and textures, and touches of heirloom finds.
Highland Park Village: What are you most excited to when it comes to styles for the new season?
Trina Turk: Mixing prints, patterns and textures and layering pattern on pattern.
Highland Park Village: What do you feel might be the single “must-have” piece from your fall collection?
Trina Turk: The Femme Fatale Peplum is one of my favorites from the collection because of its delightful scoop neckline, cinched waist, and pristine pleating.
Highland Park Village: Any items perfect for traveling?
Trina Turk: When traveling, I think it is important to find a few basics that you love and then mix in some fun colorful, printed pieces. I always travel with a few statement jewelry pieces like the resin bracelets, disc toggle pendant and shanghai ring because these pieces are a great way to mix-up your travel looks without over-filling your suitcase.
Highland Park Village: What are your insights on fashion in Dallas and the style of Dallas women? What was important to you about opening a boutique there at Highland Park Village?
Trina Turk: We have great respect for the Highland Park legacy, the beautiful architecture, and the eclectic mix of retail stores. The customers are lovely, very loyal and pretty decisive! They come in knowing they can always find something for every occasion – prints, colors, special occasion dresses, shorts, jackets and we believe that the brand lends itself to their everyday lifestyle.
Highland Park Village: What will you be wearing this fall?
Trina Turk: I think that neutrals set the tone for fall, but I try to keep it colorful by mixing patterns and wearing colorful prints.
Highland Park Village: What are you looking forward to most this season?
Trina Turk: The changing seasons are always fun and bring an automatic tweak to your wardrobe. I like the crispness in the air as fall approaches, which means I get to wear jackets and coats again. This autumn, paisleys, florals and geometrics patterns will dominate as accents to your basics and solids.