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Written by David Stillman Meyer | Photographed by Igor Gevonshyr-Prokhorko for AspenRealLife.com | September 8, 2017 | Style & Beauty
Mr. Turk's fashion show was the centerpiece of the Aspen Summer Holiday, an unofficial summer take on Gay Ski Week. The weekend included a mixer at Aspen Kitchen, a daily pool party at the Limelight Hotel, an Aspen Peak party at Original Penguin, and some late-night revelry at the Belly Up and Escobar's.
Friday night's runway show "Marry the Man" featured a bridal (groomal?) theme befitting the event's sponsor, Men's Vows magazine by the Los Angeles-based fashion line, Mr. Turk, run by Jonathan Skow. Trina Turk, Skow's wife, started the original women's line back in 1995.
We sat down with Skow after the show under a mural of a waterfall in the banquet room at the St. Regis and talked about trends, tailoring and shirking tradition:
In a traditional fashion show "bridal" ends the show, but here you started with it. Was this a finger to convention?
I would love to say that it was, but it was just for practical reasons. It's not easy to get 15 guys dressed in formal wear. Plus, we really wanted to end on the swimwear.
When you are dressing men for a wedding, what are some of your inspirations?
Well, I showed seven different ways to dress a couple. I have found that one person tends to want to dress a little more flashily and one more conservatively, so sometimes we'll do one person in a pattern, one in a solid. Sometimes it's just a subtle difference.
How did you get connected with Aspen Summer Holiday and Men's Vows?
They found me on Instagram as I dress a lot of men for weddings (gay and straight).
First time to Aspen?
Yes actually. I love it. It's very beautiful. Very manicured. I do love a well-planned community. I like that there aren't any, you know, fast-food chains.
We actually just lost McDonald's and Starbucks, but let's not digress into local politics or we'll be here all night. How do you like being a fashion brand on the West Coast? More freedom than the New York and European scenes?
Yeah it frees us. It's liberating, but it would be nice to be taken more seriously. Although, LA has become more of a serious art and culture town.
Before you started doing Mr. Turk, you were a photographer. Why the transition?
I got into photography because I loved clothes. It's always been a combination of the two things that I loved. I have always been somewhere in the fashion world. First, as a wardrobe stylist. Then Trina and I started the women's line in 1995. I started the men's line in 2004. So, I guess I have always been in fashion and it was an organic transition.
Tell us about the men's romper. It was a centerpiece of the show and you guys are really owning that garment.
I just think it's a fun thing. I always loved wearing a jumpsuit and I prefer to call it a jumpsuit. We've been doing it for three years and it's been our bestselling item for the last year at least. I am not sure if the trendiness is a good or bad thing. Men have been wearing jumpsuits since World War I. They were big in the ‘70s and ‘80s. So, I don't I know—I am trying not to let the fad thing influence me in one way or the other.
A well-dressed man should always be what:
Confident and happy with their choices.
Igor Gevonshyr-Prokhorko for AspenRealLife.com