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New York Fashion Week: Barbara Tfank does denim

February 16, 2011 | 11:10 am

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Los Angeles-based designer Barbara Tfank's retro ladylike dresses have caught the eye of Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie, among others. And this season, she added to her repertoire denim and leather pieces designed in collaboration with Henry Duarte.

This was denim at its most elegant: a Japanese-sourced, platinum-colored pleated denim capelet, lined in a peppy navy and gray floral print, and matching denim flared trousers; and a gunmetal denim cape jacket, worn with a floral velvet straight skirt. The soft black leather capelet jacket and belted leather dress were nicely done too.

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But the designer hasn't gone all sporty. Her hand-designed prints were as lush as ever, especially the peacock, hot pink, persimmon and gold brushstroke print on the V-neck floor-length gown, inspired by the color-streaked canvases of artist Larry Poons.

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The orchid-hued silk opera coat was a showstopper. And the solid-color peacock satin tunic top worn with floral cigarette pants was a fresh alternative to a cocktail dress.

-- Booth Moore in New York

Photos: Looks from the Barbara Tfank fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times

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