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Bieber Fever hits fashion week: Designer Barbara Tfank inspired by Justin's hair

Bieber Fever hits fashion week: Designer Barbara Tfank inspired by Justin's hair

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Model in Justin Bieber wig Photo by Clifford Pugh
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Tfank was inspired by the cover of Vanity Fair to incorporate a tribute to Bieber in her collection
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Sara Dodd Spickelmier, left, Barbara Tfank Photo by Clifford Pugh
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A look from Tfank's fall 2011 collection Photo by Clifford Pugh
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Barbara Tfank doesn't appear to be your typical Justin Bieber fan.

But when the Los Angeles designer saw the singer on the cover of a recent issue of Vanity Fair, she knew he had to be part of her collection — at least in spirit.

"I thought he looks like a young Paul McCartney, so it would be a great idea for the show because it has a '60s reference," Tfank said at a presentation of her fall 2011 collection at Danese Gallery during New York fashion week Tuesday afternoon.

So she hired Shieseido's Hirofumi Kera to create eight Biber wigs. 

Models wore the floppy wigs while posing in front of paintings by abstract expressionist artist Larry Poons. Tfank created the collection of jewel-toned dresses, gowns and cocktail coats based on Poons' painting, "Lady from August." She also collaborated with denim guru Henry Duarte on special pieces in denim and leather, including a denim capelet and black leather cocktail shift, that added an edge to the timeless, ladylike designs she is known for.

At the presentation, I was surprised to see Houstonian Sara Dodd Spickelmier, who had met Tfank through mutual friends, and stopped by during her New York visit.