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Ter et Bantine

Manuela Arcari talks to us about the Italian brand's minimal look, masculine shapes and what inspired the Resort collection

Ter et Batine’s new Resort collection is a testament to the benefits of a regimented approach to design. Whilst quite clearly a fan of minimalism - whole looks are often composed of a single, subdued colour - unlike other designers who have dabbled with the refined trend, Manuela Arcari creates simple pieces with something to say. For this collection, the Italian brand have given their usual masculine shapes a sportier edge, mixing tailored trousers with utilitarian zips and hoods. Gold, camel, yellow, orange and silver offer surprising bursts of colour. We spoke to Arcari about the design process…

Dazed Digital: Where did you begin when designing this collection? What was your inspiration?
Manuela Arcari:
For this first Resort collection, as I always do, I started with fabrics and prints: in particular, oriental prints and classic camouflage with a pop mood. Colours are fluo and the fabric like cotton is operated.

DD: Your designs borrow from quite masculine shapes. How do you make them wearable for women?
Manuela Arcari: I use masculine shapes as a source of inspiration to create a feminine shape. Ter Et Bantine has never been a sexy brand, it has soul and is feminine and sensual.

DD: Some of your pieces look like patchwork. How do you construct each piece?
Manuela Arcari:
Fabrics are my starting point and often when I mix them I get a good result. Sometimes it is expected, other times unexpected.

DD: Can you tell us what you have in store for your next collection?
Manuela Arcari:
Couture and sporting uniform, white shirts and traditional fabrics mixed with elasticated materials.