June 15, 2010 New York
Fun fact: Carl Jung, when he wasn't busy plumbing the psyche's depths, was painting an illuminated manuscript he called his Red Book, based on his "inner images." According to Barbara Tfank, her designs come from that same interior space. So Tfank took the Red Book as the jumping-off point for her collection, even basing one of her custom, English-made fabrics on one of the good doctor's illustrations. For clothes inspired by the roving unconscious, the collection was pretty uncontroversial, but that's likely what Tfank's elegant fans (like Vanessa Redgrave and, recently, Michelle Obama) prefer. Opera and cocktail coats played with proportion, and the silk dresses for which the designer is known came again in figure-flattering cuts, none rising far above the knee. A full-skirted, belted option in celadon green stamped with gold leaves had an appealing retro vibe, echoed again in a few floral prints. And what did it all mean, doctor? Unfortunately, our hour is up.
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