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New York Fashion Week: Barbara Tfank's grown-up glamour for the 'Mad Men' set

February 17, 2010 | 11:00 am
Barbara tfank fall 2010
What's so powerful about L.A. designer Barbara Tfank is she knows what she does -- grown-up glamour with the finest fabrics in the world --  and what she does not do -- trends and in-your-face glitz. And she never wavers.

For years, she has used vintage Bianchini-Ferier fabrics in her collections. And this season, she went one step further, designing her own textiles inspired by Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy.

The peppy florals and moody roses add whimsy to classic ladylike shapes, such as a midnight-blue and emerald rose-print shift with a back panel and a neckline that sits just off the shoulders, and a column gown in a Fauvist black-and-blue floral print with a grosgrain ribbon at the waist.

These are clothes for the "Mad Men"-loving set and for women who want to leave something to the imagination -- a black cocktail shift with crisscrossing velvet ribbons hugging the bodice; a "poison-green" bow-back opera coat that's as perfect for making an exit as an entrance; and a charcoal-gray, wear-anywhere jersey dress with sunburst pleating defining the waist.

It's no wonder Susan Foslien of the Susan of Burlingame boutiques in Northern California, and a bevy of Vogue editors, were singing Tfank's praises. In a season when so many designers are trying to be timeless, she is way ahead of the game.

-- Booth Moore in New York


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Photos: Courtesy of Barbara Tfank