Monday, April 25, 2011

Barbara Tfrank Fall 2011

DANESE GALLERY, West 24th Street

Words/Images Judith Ecochard
Persimmon Brocade Cap SLeeve Gathered Bodice Slim Dress

Interesting...we wondered why Barbara Tfrank...a grown-up women's luxury collection of vintage inspired dress, opera coats etc (think what the stars would wear-not the starlets)...

-would depart from the usual locale for her clothes---the glam Carlyle Hotel on the UES...for a Chelsea Art gallery...

And the second we arrived on the 2nd floor space, we went, "OH, that explains it."

The Danese Gallery had a magnificent exhibit of artist Larry Poon's saturated with layers of exuberant colored, works of art---with no competition hanging on those white walls of the naturally bright space.

These complex feasts for the eyes (we didn't dare run our hands along the canvas---though we wanted to)-
Orchid Silk Mikado Shawl Collar Opera Coat 

...influenced Tfrank to design similarly richly toned patterns and in a solid palette that included teal and peacock blues, orchid pink, and persimmon.

And we are sure, that the couturier like polished dresses---are masters of detailed construction on the inside too...all provided the support and exacting fit one would expect of a certain class of garments.

Fuschia and Navy Poppy Silk Jacquard Tie Front A Line Dress

Maybe with a nod to the star's LA based denim/leather wardrobe...modern mixed with the classics this outing with a denim collaboration with the high-end Henry Duarte---

Marine Blue Long Sleeve Fitted Jersey Dress

THAT unfortunately, we didn't see as we had a packed schedule.

No doubt, these separates have their own vibe of sophisticated elegance as these utterly wonderful silk dress and collar opera coats do.

Peacock Silk Mikado Shawl Collar  with Ruched Sleeves