Designer Barbara Tfank brought these scenes to life with her Spring 2013 collection shown in an elegant uptown apartment, conjuring up a cocktail soirée where the ladies escape to the bedroom to powder their noses, a candlelit drawing room before a dinner party, and an afternoon tea on a lush green terrace.
Iconic photos by Slim Aarons inspired the designer, with their exquisitely attired people, utterly relaxed, kicking off their shoes and reveling in the moment. "He wanted to see the beauty in life and that's what I set out to do as well," she said.
For all their retro-chic, these were actually clothes for real life, with emphasis on Tfank's signature simple, flattering silhouettes and the dazzling fabrics that make her a favorite of the First Lady.
Mrs. O. even wore one of her creations to meet The Duchess of Cambridge.
It's not too surprising that Tfank creates scene-stealing clothes - she started as a Hollywood Stylist (Remember Uma Thurman's turn in lilac Prada at the 1995 Oscars?) and went on to be a costume designer before starting her line in 2001.
Come spring, I think I'll be looking for an elegant invitation to wear something beautiful.