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Monday Muse: The L.A. Flower District Inspires Trina Turk

Inside the L.A. Flower Market

Trends come and go, and New York Fashion Week is the catalyst to most of the trends that we see in stores and on the street. There are a few designers, however, that operate outside of the prevailing trends that walk the runways (for better or worse) and march to the steady beats of their own sewing machines. One of those designers is L.A.’s own Trina Turk, who brought her presentation to New York again during Fashion Week. And while many designers were embracing the new athleticism and the second coming of minimalism, Turk cited the colors and blooms of the L.A. Flower Market as her inspiration, bringing optimistic prints, bright hues and a whole load of happy clothes.

Last season, Turk took her girls on a road trip from the hipster paradise of Silverlake to the beaches of Santa Monica and gave her a quirky and cool wardrobe to go along with the Thelma & Louise adventure. This season, the designer focused in on one of L.A.’s most colorful spots. Dating back to 1913, the Flower Market as we know it today started out as just a small collection of Japanese flower dealers, but with the addition of European dealers and spurts of expansion, the flower mart grew to a huge collection of dealers, shippers, florists and flower farmers who worked around the clock to ship in blooms and sell them to pros and amateur florists alike. Unlike flower districts in many large cities such as New York and San Francisco, the Los Angeles Flower District continues to grow and today, it’s the largest wholesale flower district in the United States. On any given day, you’ll find blooms from around the world as well as a few local specialties. Orchids, tropical blooms and more mingle with California peonies and tea roses as well as gerbera daisies grown right here in Southern California. And thanks to the central location and huge number of dealers, it’s pretty common to see pros like Kelly Wearstler and yes, Trina Turk, scouring the stalls for choice blooms and naturally, some inspiration.

Trina Turk Spring 2015

Trina Turk Spring 2015

A few of Turk’s colors from resort made their way into Spring’s collection, including a bright poppy red and a verdant green.

With the Flower Market as inspiration, it makes sense. Those colors were used on statement coats as well as on graphic print frocks, which blended blooms and blossoms from the flower market with exotic animal prints and more graphic patterns. For Turk, just about every season is resort, so her rompers, maxi-length dresses and fit-and-flare frocks were present, but updated in those prints and given new life with Turk’s new line of handbags and shoes, which the designer began to expand into last year. The totes and clutches were perfect for getaways such as Palm Springs and the Hamptons, where plenty of girls already know Trina Turk for bright colors and bold patterns, but they’re also a great way for newcomers to the line to get just a taste of the designer’s signatures.

Mr. Turk Spring 2015

L.A.’s laid-back attitude was present in the strappy sandals as well as a few more relaxed pieces, such as tunics and shift dresses, but it was definitely present in the presentation itself. Models smiled and posed while they swapped phones and posted selfies to Instagram during the show. Bright colors like Turks (her trademark patterns are developed in-house) are sure to bring smiles to anyone who sees them. And just like last season, the boys of Mr. Turk were right there alongside the girls of Trina Turk. They were outfitted in a few of the same prints, and yes, it will take a guy with plenty of confidence to pull off a full-floral sportcoat or shorter-than-short swim trunks with a digital poppy print, but Turk and her husband, Jonathan Skow, who designs Mr. Turk, noted that the mens’ division is growing more and more every season (the brand counts rapper Macklemore and his producer, Ryan Lewis as fans). Optimism isn’t just for the ladies, it seems, because when fashion just feels good, everyone wants in.

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Save Steal Splurge: The Saddle Bag

If your crossbody is looking a little stale, it might be time to give your go-to bag an update. Sure, you can slap on a fuzzy dangler (and we highly recommend that) but that temporary Band-aid might not quell the accessories itch. For a laid-back €” while still luxe €” take on the crossbody, we’re loving the saddle bag. With picks that range from utilitarian to totally girly, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a boho babe or more no-nonsense.

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