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For Fall 2013, Barbara Tfank had her eyes set on Henri Matisse's Odalisque painting, in which a woman in red pants lounges, hand to brow, in a richly decorated room. That "juxtaposition of so many florals together", as the designer described it, is what influenced many of the opulent separates in this collection.
Posing against a massive chair pile-up installation at an art gallery space in Chelsea, the wine-lipped models showcased everything from a teal brocade dress covered in roses to a raspberry-hued floral jacket with fur-trimmed cuffs. Other pieces influenced by the Ottoman Empire included a shocking tangerine dress with a Moorish arch neckline, a trompe l'oeil lace gown, and a full-skirted option that appeared to be pieced together by Turkish tiles. Yet, Tfank brought ancient history to the modern age with a wet-look black bouquet gown that required "high-tech development" from a vintage fabric. Take a look at the slippery stunner and more decadence after the jump, dahlings.Photos courtsey Barbara Tfank