“I have really learned so much about my customer from store appearances,” said Barbara Tfank, who has dressed the singer Adele and sometimes, Michelle Obama. For resort, Tfank showed her “jewel box” collection, 20 of her favorite evening looks. There was a mix of the shiny and the subdued: short sheaths or gowns in French brocades and long, glittery party skirts and jackets for the fancier fare, and a simple silk and linen flared coatdress or lean cocktail looks for a more understated glamour. Indeed, both moods demonstrated her 10 years of retail education.

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