SIX O’CLOCK TEA: Barbara Tfank is heading to South America. The Los Angeles-based designer has been invited to the Argentinian fashion show event, Six O’Clock Tea, scheduled for May 31 at the home of Noah Mamet, the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. Tfank plans to show about 24 looks on the runway, mostly from her fall collection, along with samples of a few dresses that First Lady Michelle Obama has worn on recent occasions. Tfank will also be giving a talk to young fashion students at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina a few days after the show. “I think [the event] helps to continue to unify fashion as a global community rather than separate markets. The exchange of ideas is wonderful,” she told WWD. “Also, the synergy between fashion and academia is growing.”

Organized by Carmine Dodero, the annual show benefits “Friends of Fulbright,” an exchange program that offers Argentinian students the opportunity to study abroad. American designer Isabel Toledo previously participated, and Tfank will be joined by a bevy of Argentinian designers at the event: Caro Sosa, Diego Vaz, Natalia Antolin, Hanna by Leila Francese, Maria Vazquez, Claudia Arce, Sylvie Burstin and Charles Calfun.

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