Barbara Tfank once again chose to stage her collection presentation in a contemporary art gallery where the vintage aura of her delightful pieces felt decades more modern by the mere association with cutting edge art. In an interview a few seasons back, I asked her about the designer herself about her vintage inspirations & was completely surprised by her reply. Ms. Tfank emphatically asserted that her collection isn’t “vintage looking in the least.” She went on, “my fabrics are technologically modern in every sense of the word & I create clothes for the way today’s women live.” (Pardon me Ms. Tfank if you read this & in any manner feel I misquoted you… I’m doing this from memory… I hope I got close to your actual comments).
Regardless of the reality… vintage or modern, modern or vintage… the collection is once again stupendous in every sense of the word. Citron Green, Pastel Pink, & Taupe Gray, all combined with metallic Silver in feather weight jacquards, provided a perfect balance for the Black that anchored the palette. An incredibly delicate Black Chantilly Lace was used as an overlay on a deep Citrus Green in a rarely displayed mix of fabrics. The Barbara Tfank aesthetic is usually defined by silhouette & surface texture rather than sheers playing upon one another. Silhouettes for the season were every bit trademark while the hemlines were varied enough to suit the needs of any occasion from garden party to just shy of formal.
The Barbara Tfank collection truly is a hidden gem & we are wondering how long it will be until the label catches on with consumers & retailers alike as it deserves a far wider distribution than it currently deserves. We tout its merits each season & hope others will join us in doing so as well!
-R. Scott French
Designer Website: www.btfank.com
Photos: Elvia Gobbo