Ter et Bantine
June 20, 2011 New York
Minimalism may be on its way out, but it's always been in for Ter et Bantine designer Manuela Arcari, who's been with the label since it launched in 1992. For the first Resort collection, Arcari stayed true to form by focusing on masculine silhouettes, updated with on-trend Polynesian prints and a palette of saturated neons. The fluoro-tropical combo was a little excessive when worn head-to-toe, but it worked well on a cool pair of drawstring board shorts paired with a clean white button-up. Also of note was a simple and sporty "triangle" shift dress in electric key-lime styled with a fun plastic zip pouch. Ter et Bantine is not sexy; case in point: a cropped onesie with oversize polka-dot pants that looked like it belonged in the kids section of Anthropologie. But Arcari has never tried to be flashy, her focus remains everyday wardrobe options that are urbane and realistic.