Trina Turk Makes Appearance at Stony Point Saks for RVA Fashion Week
By Kristina Headrick
In conjunction with RVA Fashion Week, Saks Fifth Avenue at Stony Point hosted LA based designer Trina Turk for an in-store meet and greet. A DJ spun upbeat tunes while the designer mingled with seasoned shoppers and star struck fans alike.
Turk’s line of womenswear is known for its floral prints and popping color. Several models were dressed in her designs and the looked as though they could have been on vacation in Palm Springs. The event was small but Turk’s presence provided a vibrancy to an otherwise stoic Saks Fifth Avenue.
Turk was a vision in a bright, crocheted dress of her own design. Fans snapped pictures and exchanged words while surrounded by racks of her namesake designs. I waited my turn to snap a photo and ask Turk some questions, a task I found much less daunting after hearing of the designer’s humility. After introducing myself and gushing about my love for her swimwear, I had a chance to ask a few questions.
As a California native, I wanted to hear her take on the Southern woman. “Women in the South like to look feminine. They like to look pretty and dress up. It’s a different dynamic than what you see in New York or L.A.” she said. Admittedly I found this description fitting as I looked around and saw that ladies in tailored dresses and wedge heels surrounded me.
I asked her about the typical woman she has in mind when designing. “She clearly isn’t afraid to stand out,” said Turk, “or she wouldn’t wear a bright crochet dress like the one I have on. She is individualistic and often creative.” While some of Turk’s silhouettes err on the conservative side, the bright colors and prints do require a woman who is either bold or desires that her clothes represent her that way.
After speaking with Turk I mingled amongst some of the Saks employees, who also praised the designers easy-going attitude and humility. I enjoyed a makeover from the friendly ladies of Chanel who offered treatments from their spring color palette.
When I arrived at Saks, a few shoppers had just finished a VIP luncheon with the designer. I had the chance to chat with attendee Hillary Parsons, a Saks shopper who had sat with Turk at the luncheon. She has been a fan of Turk’s designs for years, describing the famed designer’s style as “classic and timeless.”
“You can wear a dress of hers that’s 7 years old and it still works today,” said Parsons, who also boasted about her time at the VIP luncheon. “It was crazy getting to sit at her table, but she was so laid back. You wouldn’t think she was a huge, famous designer. She was very easy to talk to and humble, too.”
Parsons loves Saks and has previously attended Stony Point’s designer meet and greets, including Rebecca Minkoff’s event in March.
As I descended the Saks escalator the music began to fade and the reality set in that I had met a designer whose clothes I’ve loved for years. As an addition to RVA Fashion Week, the Los Angeles designer’s presence finely accented our local talent.
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