Stephanie Tran Duskin

Photo: Jason McDonald

Tran’s new muse, NYC indie-folk singer Rebecca Schiffman

    When Stephanie Tran started sketching soft silhouettes for her first collection, the Brooklyn designer had one girl in mind: her childhood friend Thea Duskin. “She was really pretty and slightly rough around the edges, and lived with her eccentric British parents in this crumbling old Victorian in upstate New York,” says Tran, who not only named her clothing line Duskin, but kept returning to memories of the house’s overgrown gardens and dusty bookshelves for inspiration. Victorian mourning lace and studded boots. “It’s a very romantic collection, but it’s for a tomboy at heart,” says the designer. The line also taps into the season’s new pajama trend, which isn’t such a coincidence considering Tran’s last job was launching lingerie and loungewear for Forever 21. (Tran, 30, has also worked as a magazine accessories editor, a celebrity stylist, and an event planner.) “I wanted to design things that are very reflective The effect is a whimsical debut of silk slipdresses, lowslung blazers, and boyfriend trousers in faded pastels and basic black that share a sensitive calm—the kind of pieces a twenty-first century Virginia Woolf heroine would wear if, like Tran, she toughened them up with of me,” says the creative pixie, giving an example of how she spent the previous evening at home tea-staining (with Earl Grey) a favorite T-shirt while listening to Adam Green’s droning “Dance With Me” on repeat. As for her old friend Thea: The last Tran heard, she’d become a tattoo artist in Virginia.

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    Brooklyn based designer Stephanie Tran is known for her ethereal, flowy designs that have a whimsical look with slipdresses, blazers, and boyfriend trousers. She says, “My childhood friend Thea Duskin was pretty pretty, and lived with her eccentric British parents in this crumbling old Victorian in upstate New York.”

    And as these thoughts of the Victorian house and it’s gardens have permeated her mind, Tran decided to name her collection, “Duskin.” Ironic name considering her resume which included stints as lingerie designer at Forever 21, celebrity stylist, and event planner.

    Fellow Blogger and muse Stephanie Tran just had a great write up about her new line Duskin in this month’s Elle Magazine!!

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    I’m so proud of Stephanie!  View Stephanie’s blog, Other Pretty Things and Duskin.