With six Grammy awards under her belt, as well as the highly coveted cover of Vogue’s March issue, 2012 has been widely declared the year of Adele. Perhaps her elegant 60s aesthetic and overall ladylike fashion sense will come back into style as a result? Barbara Tfank (who has dressed Adele as well as Michelle Obama) believes it’s quite possible. “I feel like a lot of women want to bring the magic back by feeling feminine and pretty and beautiful,” Tfank told us at her fall 2012 presentation. “Women tell me they want timeless, beautiful clothes, and I love being a facilitator—I’m very happy to give them that.”
Inspired by French chanteuse Sylvie Vartan and the cinematic phrase ‘the magic hour,’ which Tfank defines as ‘an ephemeral moment of beauty—the moment in time where everything is aglow, and the colors of day and night come together and turn into evening,’ her 22-look collection embodied just that. Starting with a lighter palette of blush, gold, and salmon full-skirted frocks and cap-sleeve brocade evening gowns meant to resemble dusk, her fall offering carried over into twilight by way of dark, dramatic funnel neck A-line coats worn over slim cocktail dresses and bolero jackets paired with pencil skirts, all of which were accessorized with pointed-toe Manolo Blahnik pumps, Alexis Bittar jewelry, fox fur stoles, and leather opera gloves.
Taking in the entire collection, only one word came to mind: Immaculate. We realized that the Tfank consumer—much like the designer—always is, and she cares a great deal about her appearance, and minute details are key. “She has dignity and pride in herself,” the designer explained. “I love that my clothes help women find that.”