Power Couple: Residential architect Steve Hermann & fashion designer Talina Hermann
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Married for 12 years, Talina and Steve Hermann have been making splashes in LA’s fashion and architecture scenes for more than a decade. And, with four-year-old daughter Laurel and another baby girl on the way, their fashionable and avant-garde family is only growing.
The couple resides in the Glass Pavilion (featured in Design Bureau’s May/June 2014 issue), a stunning specimen of sleek lines, warm-yet-minimal furniture, and comfortable modernist design by Steve, the architect himself. Both lovers of mid-century modern style, it’s an ideal place to house their family. The home also doubles as a backdrop for Talina’s fashion shoots, as it perfectly complements her modern clothing.
“Purity and simple elegance were my focus now,” she says about her Summer 2014 collection, which plays with chiffons, silk blends and—inspired by her second daughter—traces of dusty pink. But Talina hadn’t always planned on being a fashion designer. In fact, her start in the industry stemmed from necessity just as much as it resulted from her creative eye. Growing up in then-Soviet Ukraine, it was hard for her to find the latest styles. But instead of settling on clothing she didn’t like, she worked with the local tailor to create her own fashion-forward designs.
It wasn’t until she moved to LA at the age of 20 that she gave fashion design any serious thought. She studied fashion design in the US for four years, making patterns and garments herself before launching Talina Hermann design in 2008, which was eventually carried at Fred Segal and boutiques nationwide. In 2013, Talina Hermann apparel became available at the online boutique, talinahermann.com.
The site is known for the inspiration it ignites as well as its policy of only carrying items made in the USA that are crafted in LA’s Garment District. “When I started the company at 25, I designed for the ‘girl’ who traveled, liked having fun and going out dancing,” she says. “Now I design for the ‘woman’ who likes to travel, juggles family and work life, and entertains.”
No power couple is one-sided, however, and Talina’s husband Steve has a style-laden resume of his own. He’s designed homes for some of LA’s most well-known residents, including Christina Aguilera, Vera Wang, and Courtney Cox, as well as entertainment executives, foreign royalty, and members of Forbes’ top ten wealthiest list. His architecture has also been featured been featured on E!, MTV, ABC, MSN, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and hundreds of magazines and websites worldwide.
While the homes Steve crafts for clients are celebrated for their modernist sheen, the home he designed for his family is just as remarkable. The Glass Pavilion was the fourth-most viewed property on real estate database Zillow in 2008, ranked among design showstoppers like the Jersey Shore home and The White House.