FASHION SHOW REVIEW: TRINA TURK 2013 FALL/WINTER COLLECTION

By PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

Images by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

A genuine Californian, born and bred, Designer TRINA TURK—and the essence of her design aesthetic—is based as much on her upbringing, as well as on her lifelong appreciation for Mid-Century Modernist architecture, artistry and craftsmanship (CHARLES AND RAY EAMES, LOUIS KAHN, OSCAR NIEMEYER, ISAMU NOGUCHI, EERO SAARINEN, JOSEPH EICHLER, EDITH HEATH, CLIFF MAY, EILEEN GRAY, GEORGE NELSON) that has its nucleus in the Golden State. Turk is both inspired by and represents the lifestyle of California: optimistic, progressive, accessible, effortless, colorful, and confident. Her popular swimwear, ready-to-wear, accessory, and home collections are influenced by her love of 1960s and ’70s vintage apparel and jewelry as well as modernist and graphic art, and mid-century modern architecture. She is widely known for her use of dynamic colors and signature prints, including bright floral, bold graphics and vintage inspired jacquards.

Trina Turk 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Photo Credit: Phillip D. Johnson)

Trina Turk 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Photo Credit: Phillip D. Johnson)

From the beginning of her career, launching the brand with her photographer husband, JONATHAN SKOW, in 1995, she has championed the effortless flair and sunny optimism of this native mindset through the prism of her carefully crafted women’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections, a menswear line called MR TURK, and residential décor and textiles collections.

Trina Turk 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Photo Credit: Phillip D. Johnson)

Trina Turk 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (Photo Credit: Phillip D. Johnson)

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2013 SUMMER TRAVEL PREVIEW: FIRE ISLAND PINES CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY WITH REBIRTH OF THE LEGENDARY PAVILION NIGHTCLUB

NEW LEADERSHIP PRESENTS EXCITING PLANS FOR AN HISTORIC SUMMER INFUSING ART, HOSPITALITY AND ENTERTAINMENT

This year, FIRE ISLAND PINES, the world’s premier gay summer mecca, which draws visitors from around the globe with its gorgeous beaches and bustling social scene founded on freedom of expression, celebrates its 60TH ANNIVERSARY. THE PINES, located just fifty miles from New York City, long ago proved to be the most accessible – and liberating – gay (but all-inclusive, come-one, come-all) vacation destination in the country.

Fire Island Pines Sign at the Sayville Ferry Dock, Fire Island Pines

Fire Island Pines Sign at the Sayville Ferry Dock, Fire Island Pines

Fire Island Pines (Photo Credit - David Shankbone)

Fire Island Pines (Photo Credit – David Shankbone)

FIP VENTURES, the group that owns the majority of The Pines’ commercial properties including the PAVILION NIGHTCLUB, restaurants BLUE WHALE and CANTEEN, the BOTEL, PINES POOL DECK and several retail spaces, enters this historic 60th anniversary season with new leadership and vision. BLESSO PROPERTIES, led by founder MATTHEW BLESSO, will serve as the managing owner. Known for creating and executing visionary concepts (including the TANTALO HOTEL, the number one boutique hotel and nightlife space in Panama City), Blesso will embark on a deep, comprehensive process of reinvigorating the PINES COMMERCIAL DISTRICT, including the addition of visual and performance art that will enhance the uniqueness of Fire Island Pines as a social and cultural destination.

Fire Island Kismet - Fire Island Miss (Photo Credit - Will Tung, Brooklyn)

Fire Island Kismet – Fire Island Miss (Photo Credit – Will Tung, Brooklyn)

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