Barbara Tfank made a few headlines pre-Fashion Week when it was revealed that Justin Bieber’s hair--as featured on his recent Vanity Fair cover--was the beauty inspiration for her fall 2011 presentation. And as if one pop culture reference isn’t enough, the FLOTUS has also been snapped in Barbara’s creations and is a fan.
I had to see this marriage of looks for myself, so headed to Chelsea to the Larry Poons exhibit at the Danese Gallery, where the models posed fetchingly by Poons’ colorful, abstract canvases.
OK, so Tfank is not known for cutting edge design, and she isn’t going to be featured in Nylon anytime soon. But she has her niche and she’s brilliant at it. What she does is timeless elegant looks for grown-up women--who most likely reside in Washington DC or Dallas and have only heard of Justin Bieber because their daughters or granddaughters are smitten with him.
Tfank collaborated with Henry Duarte to create some leather and denim looks, which were rendered in her perfect tailoring and ladylike silhouettes. I could imagine Mobama in every single look, and sort of hope she goes for the off-the-shoulder leather dress for some event.
And the wigs? They were created by Hirofumi Kera for Shiseido. The overall look was very 60s, which I thought only served to make the clothes look really dated. Unfortunately Bieber’s youthful exuberance didn’t really help the hip factor here.
But that’s ok. I don’t think Barbara Tfank wants to be hip.