It's hard to find fault with a Barbara Tfank collection. The Angeleno has found her groove designing sophisticated day-to-opera wear, a niche that's wide open with so many designers skewing young and thinking sexy. Not that Tfank's clothes are old and fuddy-duddy; there are plenty of young starlets who would look refreshingly put-together in one of her fuller skirts and modest necklines.

So the addition of denim and leather this season, two firsts, isn't necessarily a play for a teen Tfank girl. The denim hails from Italy and Japan; in platinum and gunmetal washes, it's not your typical boyfriend jean variety. Tfank played the leather against type, too: A Grace Kelly dress silhouette, demure and feminine, comes in the stuff. "Everyone does tight and sexy in leather," Tfank said at her presentation. "I thought, why not do a full skirt?" Why not, indeed.