If there's one thing that Ter et Bantine
has never been able to resist, it's oversize, architectural shapes. Manuela Arcari opened her new Resort lookbook with a titanic, tent-like maxi dress in safety-orange silk that was certainly statement making, but it felt a tad excessive in a season when designers have been bringing silhouettes back to the body. False start aside, the designer had other fresh proposals up her sleeve. She emphasized color more than usual this time around, energizing the predominantly earth-tone palette with vibrant pops of grass green, violet, lipstick red, and chartreuse. A winning concept here was updating sporty pieces such as windbreakers and utility parkas in gauzy organza. Equally modern was an easy tank gown cut from a spongy technical mesh, which featured a self-tying sash around the waist. Elsewhere, Arcari channeled a subtle Eastern sensibility with trapunto-stitched obi belts, and incorporated ethnic-inspired embroideries and patterned jacquards into shapely shifts and pencil skirts. Retailers, meanwhile, will gravitate toward the on-trend polka dots appliquéd onto a diaphanous chiffon tiered frock.