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Vault by Vans Launches Star Wars Collaboration

Vans Star Wars Sk8-Hi

With the recent announcement of the new Star Wars cast (welcome back, Harrison and Carrie!), it was only a matter of time before the movie’s merch would be rolled out. Thankfully, the latest collab between SoCal skate shoe label Vans and Star Wars isn’t coinciding with the release of the new film (set for 2015), instead the brand’s added classic Star Wars iconography onto four of its most iconic styles.

Star Wars Half-Cab Darth Vader

Vans Era Darth and Storm Trooper print

With six styles in total, fanboys and sneakerheads alike can choose from designs featuring Darth Vader himself, sage Jedi Yoda and storm trooper prints.

The prints are a throwback to Van’s classic prints, only instead of skulls and crossbones, you’ll find Vader and the storm troppers. Look a little closer at the summer ready palm print and you’ll spy a few AT-Walkers among the palm trees. You can choose whether to side with the Empire or the Rebel Alliance, but if we know Star Wars fans, both styles are sure to sell out in no time. And with styles starting at just $80, you might just want to grab a pair from each side, because nobody knows what J.J. Abrams has up his sci-fi sleeve.

The Vault by Vans Star Wars collection will be available at Opening Ceremony locations in L.A., New York and London as well as online at www.vansdqm.com starting May 3.

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Monday Muse: Trina Turk’s Southern California Sojourn

Trina Turk Fall 2014

When you think Trina Turk, you’re probably imagining poolside glam, flowing caftans and perfectly proper frocks that are Palm Springs ready, but the designer decided to take her girl on a little road trip for Fall 2014. Sunny dispositions aside, because let’s face it, there’s nothing brooding about any of Turk’s collections, her girls were taking a little road trip through L.A.’s different neighborhoods and picking up choice sartorial souvenirs along the way — and for the first time, the guys of Mr. Turk were along for the ride.

Trina Turk Fall 2014

During the designer’s presentation at New York Fashion Week’s Lincoln Center venue, editors spotted choice coats, which Turk said were one of the collection’s touchstones — fall is all about coats, even in Southern California, where toppers need to look great when temps dip below 60. But as more and more of the collection came into focus, what developed was a journey from L.A.’s ultra-trendy Silverlake neighborhood (home to spots such as Clare Vivier’s West Coast flagship, shops such as Mohawk General Store and hipster haunt Intelligentsia Coffee) through the different neighborhoods of the city. Turk’s girls grabbed tailored coats at the start of their journey and added a few geometric and Art Deco prints that they might have picked up in Hollywood, bold florals that were reminiscent of Downtown’s multi-cultural mix and beachy loose knits, Fair Isle sweaters and loose, boxy tees were perfect for sunset strolls at Venice Beach or rides on the ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier.

Beverly Hills’ lush flora was spotted on a pair of tuxedos — one for girls and one for guys under Turk’s Mr. Turk division.

Trina Turk Fall 2014

Speaking of the guys, the Fall 2014 collection was the first time that Turk showed menswear alongside her women’s ready-to-wear collection. Under the helm of Turk’s husband Jonathan Skow, the label has grown from a tightly curated selection of swimwear to a full-blown collection. The verdant green jacquard tux that was on display was actually designed for Ryan Lewis to wear to the Grammy’s. He opted for a different Mr. Turk tux, but the print looked great on both a men’s and women’s option. Also new were handbags, which ranged from mesh minaudi¨res and shoulder bags to colorblocked satchels — the perfect pieces to stow flea market finds and vintage gems when you’ve hit the road. Each one is priced comfortably under $1,000, giving Turk’s fans one more reason to celebrate the expansion of Turk’s empire.

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