TEXT, VIVIAN KELLY
Prior to the show we chatted w/ Ocean Drive’s Publisher, Courtland Lantaff, re the state of the magazine biz. It’s not often I have the opportunity to sit next to one of “the suits” at a show, as in New York, there’s a “Business” section vs. the “Editorial” section I’m seated in.
Said Courtland, “We’re not changing the world but our book gives people pleasure and this situation is not unlike that we experienced with radio year ago, the strong will survive”.
Rapper Bow wow sat directly across us, with Kimora Lee Simmons’ daughter, and the photographers snapped happily away, as BW was one of the few celebrities in attendance at these shows.
The vibe was good mood retro music, which worked perfectly with the expected bright retro graphic print bikinis for the girls and teeny Euro style bikinis for the guys.
Best in show goes to the oversize leather drawstring floral print duffle and the matching floral halter dress which would have made for a strong finishing look. I wasn’t on board w/ the numerous lame pieces, but kudos to Trina for piling on her accessories w/ each + every look: go girl w/ that merchandising! Don’t need a suit? So what? You may want a pair of cork wedges, a big hat, enamel stack bracelets, a bag or a head scarf.
All Images of runway show, Richard Spiegel
Image of Bow Wow, VK
TEXT, VIVIAN KELLY
It’s here, my favorite time of the year, sweet, sweet summertime! My absolute part of the summer is the month of July. Firstly, it’s my Birthday month [Yes, I continue to celebrate, age, my damned]. Secondly, it’s Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Wear at the Raleigh. Even on years that the shows aren’t so great, the Raleigh is a joy to behold and to hang out at.
This year, things are looking decidedly up. One of my favorite designers, TRINA TURK, will be kicking things when she debuts her Spring 2011 swimwear collection on Thursday, July 15, 2010 – the day we fly in, and my birthday. Seeing a great collection is one birthday gift I’m ALWAYS happy to receive.
According to her PR’s press release, we can look forward to lots of yummy gold hardware on the suits. Face it, swimsuits are kind of boring without some quality hardware to add a touch of glam. There will be black and white, which is always chic, as well as some vintage inspired prints. Trina was inspired by the city of Acapulco in the 1960’s & 1970’s. It’s hard to get more glamorous than that. Back the, Acapulco was one of the international jetset’s go-to getaways. Makes me think of The Taylor-Burton VILLA SCALA – I couldn’t resist putting up an image of their famous lovenest.
Trina Turk is one of those designers you should know about, so here’s a thumbnail sketch. She started designing in 1995, when she introduced a collection of contemporary clothing for women which she’s carefully grown into a successful lifestyle brand which includes: women’s apparel, swimwear, accessories and home furnishings.
We were toying with the idea of making a trip over to the Bal Harbor Shops to check out the retail scene. Now that we’ve found out that Trina will make a personal appearance in her store there, on Saturday July 17th, 2010 from 4-6p.m., we’re there, no ifs ands or buts. There’s also an extra reason to attend – spend $300, and you’ll go home with a raffia clutch purse as your special gift. See you there!
To view Trina Turk’s brand, visit www.trinaturk.com