Ter et Bantine Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2013 Milan
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For the smaller brands showing at Milan Fashion Week a lot of trends are converging, like men’s tailoring influences, fur and sharp lapel and button-free minimalist coats a la Céline. Which means that after umpteen presentations the themes start to look a bit tired. That was the case here, with Manuela Arcari's variations on minimalist coats and well-constructed reinventions of the menswear wardrobe failing to take flight.



There were pinstriped dresses with delicate pleating details at the waist, long belted double-breasted vests with asymmetric jacket lapels, rounded gray silk bombers with elasticated backs, elongated skirts ending in sections of pleats. Those including the line’s feathery fur coats, in midnight blue and black, were appealing enough but, once again, a bit déjà vu, with among the more compelling items a clean-cut sleeveless black leather top mimicking a shirt tail at the back, a minimalist black velvet dress that looked as light as a T-shirt, and a pleated dress with a matte black top and silk midnight-blue skirt.



The designer’s injection of color freshened things up a bit, breaking away from the predominant dark tones of gray, brown and blue with an ethnic bright blue silk weave used for jackets, flared skirts and clean-cut sleeveless tops. The latter came matched with a black sheepskin skirt with raw edges, which leant a fresh organic counterpoint to the rest of the collection’s clinical vibe.



- Katya Foreman

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