June 15, 2009 New York
For Resort, Barbara Tfank drew inspiration from a recent Palm Springs sojourn. Lemon yellow, apple green, and hot pink fabrics echoed the town's groovy sensibility, while the California-modern Kaufmann Desert House influenced the clean lines of Tfank's timeless shifts. The designer focused her attention on meticulous tailoring—pleated dresses fit glovelike on the model and a swing-back coat flowed gracefully off the body. "Even during a recession I had to focus on quality textiles," she explained of her use of sumptuous double-faced satin and silk twill. Still, Tfank smartly offered versatile pieces suitable for day-to-night dressing and year-round wear. Speaking of nighttime: The designer will be pairing up with Adele again, outfitting the singer for an upcoming Hollywood Bowl concert with Etta James.
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