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Trina Turk is a woman on a mission. Not only is she continuing her unwitting life’s purpose of bringing the cool quirk of mid-century Palm Springs to the fashion flock and beyond, she’s now vying to get her wares on the Oscars red carpet by way of one way rad nominee: Jared Leto.
“I really want him to wear one of our suits,” the L.A. and Palm Springs-based designer told Pret-a-Reporter at her fall 2014 presentation at Manhattan’s Hudson Hotel on Friday. Though she’s no stranger to celebrity dressing (Mindy Kaling and Ashley Greene are just two of many fans), the designer’s colorful, contemporary goods are usually more at home at a spring luncheon as opposed to a formal event. But thanks to the introduction of her Mr. Turk line of menswear in 2011 (which just happens to be designed by husband Jonathan Skow), Turk has become a very real player in the red carpet game.
“Actually we already made him one,” the clothier confessed while showing off her latest collection of 1970s-esque chunky knits, muted florals and oversized metal mesh clutches, which she says were inspired by driving from L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood all the way to the ocean. “In fact we made him one that looks like the one I’m wearing!”
Turk’s own suit — a black tailored number stamped with glossy jacquard flowers — was based off of a forest green Mr. Turk style shown in the fall presentation. Turk was such a fan that she decided to throw in a women’s version, too.
“All of the women in our office started wearing the Mr. Turk stuff, including myself. So we ended up doing a slightly different version of our Mr. Turk suit. As you can see,” she said, pointing to her pair of matching models. “They look ready for a night on the town.”
Though Turk’s camp has sent their custom suit to Leto for his sartorial consideration, there’s no word on whether or not he’ll end up sporting the style on March 2 (the Dallas Buyers Club star chose Saint Laurent for the Golden Globes and Dior for the SAGs).
One thing is for certain — if he turns up in eye catching, understated florals come Oscars night, we won’t have to dig for the dress credits.
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