style.com: Barbara Tfank Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear review
NEW YORK, February 13, 2012
By Alison Baenen
A former costume designer, Barbara Tfank often sources inspiration from the cinema. Last season she paid tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, and for Fall she celebrated “the magic hour,” that fleeting period before the sun sets when its golden light makes everyone glow: “A daily reminder of enchantment and beauty,” Tfank said during her presentation.
The designer’s goal this season was to capture the magic hour’s ephemeral allure with timeless, have-forever pieces. Timelessness is an interesting concept chez Tfank, where clothes always seem to evoke another era. Pin it on the rich fabrics, like the silk jacquard of a blush colored funnel-neck dress embroidered with orange irises. The box-pleated skirt kept its shape so perfectly8212;up and away from the model’s hips—that it looked like there was a crinoline underneath. “It’s just the fabric,” Tfank promised. “It has a life of its own.”
Another box-pleated dress came in embossed gray cloque with a black tulle overlay. You needed to see the dress up close to catch the fine net, but from afar it had a hazy aura that made it shimmer. Dull-gold palazzo pants would look just as great with a simple white tee as they did with a structured black satin tunic, although it’s unlikely the type of girl who would go for the first option is eyeing these clothes. Tfank caters to a mature crowd, and this collection, with its classic silhouettes and luxurious fabrics, was definitely pitched to her sophisticated faithful. The magic will happen when these clothes are passed down, which they should be. Beautifully made and superbly fitted, they have a life of their own.