Michelle Obama favourite Barbara Tfank enchants with collection inspired by "the magic hour"

Which one will Michelle wear next First Lady favourite Barbara Tfank enchants with collection inspired by 'the magic hour'
The former costume designer-turned-Fashion Week favourite took her lead from the classic cinematic term, which describes a late afternoon light

Barbara Tfank's last collection was a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. But for the coming season, the First Lady favourite has taken her lead from a different cinematic theme.

A presentation during New York Fashion Week revealed the designer's inspiration for the fall/winter 2012 collection to be 'the magic hour', a movie industry term that describes, according to her notes, 'an enchanted time, when the late afternoon light lengthens and colours slowly intensify.'

Sunset hues were certainly evident in the styling of the models, who all wore wigs inspired by singer Sylvie Vartan.

Barbara TFank

Barbara Tfank/fall-winter 2012

Fall colours: Barbara Tfank's inspiration for her latest collection was 'the magic hour', a cinematic industry term that describes 'an enchanted time, when the late afternoon light lengthens and colours slowly intensify'

Barbara Tfank

Barbara Tfank

Barbara Tfank

In the shade: With the warm, lighter hues came a darker palette too, representing long evening shadows

'It's amazing how they recreated it exactly – that little flip on the side,' she told MailOnline.

'Gina thought of it,' she added, turning to a friend. 'I will not take credit!'

Barbara Tfank

Eye for detail: Thanks to her former career as a movie costume designer, Barbara Tfank still considers how garments might appear on camera

Those warm colours appeared in the dresses too: a print of yellow and orange flowers on a soft taupe, and the palest of peach sequins embellished on a shift.

They were set off by the more shadowy shades of emerald green, deep teal and a grey-blue brocade.

It is not surprising Ms Tfank's ideas are so steeped in cinema. A former costume designer, she admits she still considers how garments might appear on camera.

I always want to make sure things look good on film,' she said.

Fashion has its advantages though – the most important being the freedom to design the clothes that she would really like to see people wearing.

'When I was working in film, I was getting very frustrated, because everybody wanted down and simple clothes,' she admitted.

'As Edith Head said, in the Seventies, I dread to think what's going to happen to cinema. Everybody in the movie is going to look like everybody on the crew.'

Barbara Tfank/fall-winter 2012

ELLE, No. 886, 1962-12-14, Sylvie Vartan

Gallic flair: The models all wore strawberry blonde wigs inspired by French singer Sylvie Vartan (right)

Ms Tfank's most famous fan, is of
course Michelle Obama, who has worn the designer's creations for several
high-profile occasions.

Most recently, the First Lady wore the label for her husband's State of the Union address last month.

'Mrs Obama, what an honour that is,' Ms Tfank said.

'It's just such an honour to work with her, it's just such a privilege to be of assistance… it's really been amazing for me.'

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

High-profile fan: The First Lady wore a Barbara Tfank dress for the State of the Union address last month

US first lady Michelle Obama, Tuesday May 24, 2011

US first lady Michelle Obama, Tuesday May 24, 2011

Fashion favourite: Mrs Obama chose a Tfank creation for one of her most high-profile photo opportunities of last year: to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in London last May

Though she couldn't go into much
detail about whether they had collaborated on designs, and how they had
worked together, she added: 'I've had the great pleasure of meeting her
twice – actually a week ago, in LA.

'She's such a fabulous person, and
such a warm individual. I'm very inspired by her ability to speak about
our country. I'm so proud to say she's our First Lady.'