Barbara Tfank’s wanderings through England provided her with rich inspirations for spring. From the House of Lords’ opulent wallpapers and furnishings to Hampshire’s New Forest with all its lush greenery, she used references throughout her feminine and ladylike collection.


For evening, a wallpaper-inspired gown with a dramatic back panel stood out on the runway; for daytime, a mossy green and white-pebble brocade cap-sleeve capelet and pencil-skirt combo was a fresh take on the ladies-who-lunch suit. There was also a floral brocade coat and sheath dress, testimony to her use of exquisite couture fabrics and clean lines to make a bold statement. What was fresh to see from Tfank were her crop-top and full-skirt looks, which were young and flirty and suited to the young jet set.

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