Manuela Arcari has always brought a certain dry sensibility to her designs for Ter et Bantine
. She typically works with straightforward, austere silhouettes and unadorned—almost rigid—fabrics. By comparison, her pre-fall collection had a new softness about it. That's thanks to quilted pieces (one of the season's noteworthy trends), including a sweatshirt and a padded chartreuse silk coat that would surely make a statement in the streets. Arcari also wove subtle Far East elements throughout. Pleated gazar trousers had the crispness of judo pants, for example, while velvet platform slippers gave a slight geisha suggestion. Those references mixed nicely with Ter et Bantine signatures like a boyish pin-striped suit and a stiff jacquard shirtdress.