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It doesn't get much cooler than Trish Summerville. Based in LA, the heavily inked, bleach blonde costume designer is the avant-garde fashion force behind two of today's most stylish films: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Hunger Games. Speaking of Katniss, Summerville recently rolled out a rad ready-to-wear collection inspired by part two of the sci-fi trilogy, Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Named "Capitol Couture," the 19-piece range launches exclusively on Net-A-Porter this Thursday.
We recently met up with Summerville and the luxury e-tailer at Chateau Marmont to explore the futuristic collection, where we fell hard for a metallic laser-cut dress, fall staple sweater and coat with a detachable fur collar. We also left with some pointers on going punk without looking like a poser.
Your work is always totally out-of-the-box. What inspires it?
"I'm really into people watching, so I love traveling. I also draw inspiration from nature and odd things, like bugs."
Besides Hunger Games superfans, who will wear this collection?
"I really wanted to create a collection that spoke to the women of today and made sure to have an array of pieces that would fit in her closet, from cocktail dresses to leather pants. Because of this mix, both Net-A-Porter clients and Hunger Games fans are sure to find a piece that they're drawn to."
What piece are you drawn to?
"That's like trying to select one of my children! I'm drawn to the leather pants, which is a nod to Cinna, Lenny Kravitz's character in the film. He plays a stylist and wears a lot of black, which I like. He really wants his client, Katniss, to shine. I love our leather pants because they fit great and are very good on the bum!"
You're a pro at punk styling. Any tips on mastering the look?
"First of all, you have to make it look authentic, not like someone dressed you up. If you're someone who dresses fairly conservative, find a piece that works into your wardrobe. For instance, I'm a huge fan of pearl necklaces, so I love when I see someone pairing pearls with a tartan, plaid or flannel shirt. It's all about making your own interpretation."
Before we go, we're in need of a new happy hour spot. Any recs?
"I love Bar Stella and Stella Cafe in Silver Lake. It's a beautiful bar and the food is great!"