2010 September 10

Runway Reviews: Trina Turk, Gregory Parkinson, Whit

Trina Turk Spring 2011 Trina Turk Spring 2011
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Imagine the simpler life, before the digital revolution, internet, email and even voicemail, before the Brangelinas and Bennifers. For Spring 2011, Turk recreatd a retro luxe Palm Springs aerie circa 1974, with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw lounging about their glam lovenest with guests just as fab as their surroundings. The secret to Trina’s success is how she translates her classic preppy chic sensibility with retro patterns into a modern chicette's wardrobe.  The loft was transformed into several rooms (Pool Deck, Refreshment Bar, Party Room and Bedroom) which provided the perfect backdrop and mood to display Trina’s printed cushions and bedding amongst her cheery and primary colored tunics, jumpsuits, and dresses and jewelry for women and bold printed blazers and shorts for men. The collection had a very relaxed '70s luxe Halston-inspired feel with one shouldered tunics and blouson jersey dresses adorned with gold cabochon cuffs and chunky statement necklaces. 

Though it was sunny outside, Gregory’s latest collection was entitled “Drenched,” as his eclectic collection was created from fabrics were washed, dyed, re-dyed, and texturized to evoke clothing caught in a summer downpour.  His collection had a gypsy feel with an explosion of different colorful prints and fabrics assembled into ruffled blouses, loose caftans, flowing dresses and full skirts reminiscent of the early days when Ibiza was just being discovered---though that are just as relevant for the summer in the city (think Jade Jagger). All of his fabrics were sourced and reassembled in Los Angeles. Recently named one of CFDA’s Fashion Fund finalists, he’s quickly developing his organic signature style of splicing and retooling tye dyed and vibrant prints to evoke the easy going lifestyle of a boho hippie chick.

In her sophomore season, Whitney Pozgay presented a tribal beach-inspired collection that took cues from her fond memories of '60s beach blanket films, Southern California, and her international travels. While surf movies played in the foreground, her '60s-inspired beachy outfits featured colorful prints from all over the world, a tribal pattern based on the color splotching from using zinc at the beach, and a block print based on a fabric found in India that was manipulated and colored. Homage was paid to Annette Funicello, the campy beach blanket goddess, with her signature turbans that topped off sorbet-hued Pareo tied urchin skirts paired with poplin blouson tops and shorts paired with bikini tees.