Designer Trina Turk on Travel Hits and Misses

03/09/2011 05:01 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Internationally renowned fashion and home designer Trina Turk is the quintessential doyenne of chic. Her signature bright colors, graphic patterns, and textures exude classic, casual sophistication, causing anyone who comes across her collection to yearn for a more resort-centric lifestyle.


Trina and her husband, photographer Jonathan Skow, divide their work and play time between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. The one and only Trina Turk Residential Boutique located on Palm Canyon Drive oozes so much Palm Springs poolside luxury, you'll want to pack a bag and move in upon arrival. Trina took some time out to dish her favorite travel hits and misses with me; dive in.


What's the best hotel you've stayed in?

It's a tie between Le Sirenuse in Positano and La Scalinatella in Capri.

The first time I went to Capri we arrived at night. Positano is built into the side of a cliff, and it was dark, we couldn't see anything. When we woke up, and opened the wooden shutters, it was literally breathtaking, my husband and I just gasped. The service was impeccable at both hotels.

What was your favorite vacation?

My husband and I took a trip to Capri two summers ago, and we traveled with Designer Jonathan Adler and Barney's Creative Ambassador-at-Large, Simon Doonan. It was such a good time, hanging out, chatting about what we were seeing; we went to the beach, ate amazing meals, and also took a wonderful trip to Sorrento and visited a Gio Ponti hotel there. There are really no cars in Capri aside from a few taxis, so as an Angeleno, it was simply idyllic.

Where would you love to go visit?

The list is endless: Vietnam, Bali, Istanbul, Rajasthan, San Miguel de Allende, Buenos Aires, I could go on and on.

What do you always pack and bring with you?

I always bring lots of costume jewelry to dress up and some not so dressy things. I found this big black Gucci fringe wrap at the Cabazon outlets near Palm Springs, and I bring that on the plane for long flights.

Best meal you've encountered that you still dream about?

I had some amazing raw, fresh seafood in Helsinki, Finland and in New Delhi I remember this incredible Pandori Quail, the best Indian food I've ever had.

What item do you love right now?

I love the silver or gold "Dome" Ring from the Trina Turk jewelry collection -- it's oversized and adds a modern pop of metallic shine to any outfit.


Worst travel experience?

It's got to be those airline delays where they don't really tell you what's going on and keep extending the departure by an hour or two repeatedly... pretty soon you've been sitting
in an airport for nine hours.

Biggest packing mistake?

Forgetting underwear!

What is your biggest morsel of travel advice?

Avoid checking baggage if at all possible -- difficult in winter, easier in summer.

What is the worst hotel you've stayed in?

I was working for an apparel company In the 80's or 90's, and I had to go to Karachi, Pakistan, where there were separate floors for women. The only problem: there were no other women on the floor, but there was a guy with a machine gun guarding the elevator... I wasn't sure if I was more scared there was no one else on the floor or the guy with the machine gun; it was crazy.

You're currently in... What are your local favorites?
I live in Silver Lake in Los Angeles, one of my local favorite restaurants is Mozza for pizza on Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you can sit at the counter with no reservation as long as you arrive close to opening hour at noon. I also like the counter at Barbrix, it's very low-key, great selection of wines and small plates. I go to Reform Gallery for amazing vintage California pottery, furniture and decorative arts and for vintage mid-century home furnishings; Fat Chance, Rubbish, and Lawson-Fenning.

If you can only choose one magazine from the airport kiosk, what magazine do you grab?

Vanity Fair is a great plane magazine. Lots of juicy stories for a good read. Although sometimes I get a bit tired of dead people on the cover!

Trina will be hosting a Step Up Women's Network Power Breakfast and will share her journey to success Thursday, March 10th in Los Angeles.

Step Up Women's Network is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to connecting and advancing women and girls. By bridging communities of professional women and underserved teen girls through mentorship, networking and advancement, we ensure women and girls have the opportunities they need to create a better future.

The Trina Turk East Hampton pop-up shop opens in May.