For summer 2013, TER ET BANTINE has chosen the rough taste of stripped-down couture, a project designed to get to the very heart of the matter: elegant style and a fascination with shape.
Manuela Arcari's recurring sources of inspiration -- work clothes, the 1960s, military uniforms, men's tailoring -- are turned into a collection of truly classic basic pieces: tops, skirts, jackets and trousers. Separate looks can be created from different complementary pieces, with the midriff exposed.
The structure of the garments is particularly original. Press-studs hold the framework of the designs together like pins; hems are reinforced with tailoring techniques; sharp-cut leather belts replace seams; parts of the interiors are visible from the outside. Technical detailing is highlighted and arranged over the body as a means of decoration.
The colour palette is highly selective: military green, a deep shade of petrol green, plus a host of black and whites which face off in optical motifs, a counterpoint to wide truncated stripes printed in metallic foil on beige, pink and white. Fabrics create solid and liquid alternatives: gazar silk and silk satin, canvas, poplin and duchess cotton.
Accessories -- always in black leather -- include ballet pumps with a masculine look and cross-over slippers, underlining the simple slant to the conversation.