style.com: Barbara Tfank Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear review
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NEW YORK, September 14, 2009
By Alison Baenen
Flipping through the pages of the newly published Avedon Fashion 1944-2000, Barbara Tfank had her aha! moment for Spring. “I didn’t realize how much his images influenced my designs until I started looking through the book,” she said backstage at her presentation Monday. Tfank actually once worked as a stylist for Avedon (much later in his career, obviously), so it only stands to reason that she soaked up some atmosphere along the way. Avedon’s influence was clear in the soigné refinement of the collection’s 18 faultlessly constructed looks—including dahlia- and poppy-printed cocktail dresses in eye-popping shades of lime and pink—but her fitted daytime dresses and capri pants were a bit sixties, too: Navy silk and cotton frocks with gathered sleeves or subtle pleats were exactly the sort of thing Betty Draper might wear to make dinner for Don and the kids. They are also exactly the thing Brit pop star Adele loves to wear. Tfank has dressed the singer on several red carpets now, and the Grammy winner was on hand to give her a round of applause.