"You never really get to see the clothes in the environment that they end up in," Barbara Tfank
said a few days before her presentation. Which is why the designer staged her Spring collection the way she did today—in different rooms of an impeccably furnished Upper East Side townhouse. The whole setup was meant to bring the subjects of renowned celebrity photographer Slim Aarons' work to life. It was ultimately Aarons' famous quote about his pictures' content, "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places," that Tfank was trying to emulate. Most of the looks were feminine, full-skirted dresses in colorful brocades and cotton matelassé. Some of the better ones had scalloped necklines and patch pocket details. Tfank cleverly matched the models to the decor, which looked best in the master bedroom. Hydrangea blue and lavender rose gowns were displayed there to blend with the floral-patterned carpet. For the younger Tfank girl, there was a medallion-printed cropped trouser with a matching capelet and a neon geranium and white grid-patterned skirtsuit paired with a white T-shirt. Overall, today's showing didn't exactly capture the relaxed feel of Aarons' iconic photos—like the one of Joan Collins lounging on her bed with a pink poodle—but hats off to Tfank for trying something different.