Trina's World

Nothing says vacay like Trina Turk’s bombshell ’60s and ’70s aesthetic transferred to Riviera play clothes and home accessories.

Holly Moore
April 03, 2012

Just what or who are Trina’s modernist muses? Let’s take a look in the topsy-turvy mind of Trina Turk.

Architect who would build the perfect house in Trina’s World? Ray Kappe or John Lautner.

Interior designers in TW? David Hicks, Billy Haines, Paul László, Edward Wormley, Alexander Girard, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.

Favorite labels from the ’60s and ’70s? Donald Brooks, Pauline Trigère, Rudi Gernreich.


In TW’s library, the five most inspirational design/fashion books, vintage or new?Slim Aarons: A Place in the Sun  •  Charles and Ray Eames: Designers of the Twentieth Century  •  Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900 – 1970  •  California Design series by the Pasadena Art Museum  •  Maija Isola: Life, Art, Marimekko.

What inspires your posh prints? Prep coquette, the Mediterranean, the Mexican Riviera, the globetrotting gypsetter.

Where have you traveled in the summer? Istanbul, Bodrum, Turkey.

Favorite hotels in the world? Parker Palm Springs. La Sirenuse in Positano.

What’s in your weekend-resort carry-on? Lots of vintage and Trina Turk jewelry, white shorts, printed TT dresses and swimsuits, one big straw hat, a few sunglasses options, flat and heeled metallic sandals. Ping-Pong paddle, toolbox and scissors.

Next tool for play? A blowtorch.

Car you covet? 1961 Studebaker Avanti designed by Raymond Loewy

Gaudí or Mies? Mies.

Dorothy Draper or Jean-Michel Frank? Both.

Five best movies you have seen? Sunset Boulevard • Chinatown • The Graduate • Blade Runner • Pandora’s Box

Netflix or the cinema? Cinema.

iPad or laptop? Mac or PC? Mac laptop.



Resin Ball Ring with Palm Springs Block inscribed band

Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier in Saint-Tropez, 1959. Photo from Riviera Cocktail by Edward Quinn (teNeues, 2007).

Pauline Trigère, 1964. Photo from Vogue; photo by Henry Clarke.

Malin House by John Lautner. Photo from The Architecture of John Lautner (Rizzoli, 1999); photo by Alan Weintraub.

Trina Turk for Alice Supply Co. Ping-Pong set in the Ogee print

Parker Palm Springs hotel

Trina in an arch next to the Odeon in Ephesus (2nd century AD). Photo by Jonathan Skow.

Trina Turk Dallas boutique. Photo by Jonathan Skow.

Trina Turk Spring 2012 collection

Trina Turk Spring 2012 collection. Photo by Jonathan Skow.

Trina in the Shade hat, Capri. Photo by Jonathan Skow.

Trina Turk in the Anastasia Dress in Tigerleaf print. Photo by Jonathan Skow.

Selfridges living room by David Hicks, 1969. Photo from David Hicks: Designer by Ashley Hicks (Scriptum Editions, 2003)