Trina Turk Channels Memories of Jaipur in Bold Fall 22 Collection
Dorothy Crouch, Contributing Editor | Thursday, September 15, 2022
A 2019 trip to Jaipur, India inspired Trina Turk’s Fall 2022 collection, which features designs influenced by the region’s traditional architecture, with bold colors reminiscent of the hues worn by local women. While the colors of the region align with the bright hues that Turk typically applies to his clothes, the Road to Jaipur collections under his eponymous name Trina Turkish female brand and Mr. Turkish The men’s line takes the brilliant shades the designer is known for on a deeper level.
“When you see women walking down the street in saris, there are these intense colors. A lot of these sarees are silk, and it takes color well,” Turk said. “We’ve created a bright palette, which is our hallmark – bright, light, vibrant colors – and the tones are just a bit darker. I think it’s a great way to do a Californian take on fall.
This collection, which mixes colors and prints inspired by Jaipur with the lifestyle of Palm Springs, California, Turk’s beloved, took three years to develop. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Turk hid memories of her trip and developed a case of wanderlust, but in 2022 the designer was ready to share her vision with a clientele waiting for the opportune moment to ditch the athleisure looks in favor of more formal dressing.
“For me, personally, I want to wear fashion again. I’m really excited about this. I want to go somewhere. I want to dress up and I want to express myself through fashion,” Turk said. “I don’t think I’m the only one in this case.”
When designing the collection, Turk also considered using textiles that would offer a beautiful hand. Touch and feel were a priority for the designer when creating these garments. Select pieces in the collection have been made using variations of georgette in embroidered designs and printed designs that feature shimmering Lurex details. A cognac-hued suede features the wide-leg Daru pant and Bodhi poncho for an unexpected yet versatile base.
“All these bright colors — the teals, the pinks, the oranges — they all go well with this cognac suede,” Turk noted.
Within the collection, there are jacquards used for pieces such as the women’s Isha top and women’s Jacoba pants, as well as the men’s Jimmy knit shirt. Turk first introduced taffeta in solid hues for pieces such as the Dasya tiered skirted maxi dress in a deep blue called ‘ink’ and madras plaid applied to designs such as the leg culottes wide Neesha Pant.
While Turk is enjoying a return to smart dressing, she has also explored new approaches to elegant and powerful costumes for her clientele. There are navy-based yarn-dyed plaid suit pieces crossed with gold, white and green in updated silhouettes. A style of blazer named the Ryka jacket features an ombre pattern that runs through hues of purple, pink, orange, and red, which is described on Turk’s website as “sunset-inspired.” Matching tailored Danno trousers complete the blazer in a slightly flared silhouette. In the collection, Turk also included ombre effects on styles such as the Chetana top and the Padma dress. For men, the same approach produced similar color effects in the Thurston Blazer and Clyde Slim Trouser.
“We made this very vivid shaded printed satin. It is a very saturated color. It ranges from forest green to teal to orange and pink, which turned out really great,” Turk said. “Then we included fabrications that are more our staples: a suit in Tencel, a fabric we call a silky satin crepe that has become a mainstay of the collection. But there is a lot of material in the embroideries and jacquards, and we made ribbed knits. There is definitely a texture that runs through.
Turk’s take on fall clothing from a Californian perspective led the designer to rely on lighter textiles that are perfect for layering as the weather changes from mild fall to cooler conditions. . This decision is not just a style choice. By choosing these fabrications for a fall collection, Turk is ensuring the comfort of its customers as environmental conditions change.
“What’s happening now, especially for our customers here in the US, is the really heavy wool fabrications that we were offering, even 10 years ago people don’t want that weight anymore. I think it’s the result of global warming,” Turk said. “People would much prefer layering. If you can express the idea of fall fashion through color and pattern without using those super heavy textiles, that seems like what we’re getting a nice response to.