New York: The idea of juxtaposition is one that has only recently entered the fashion vocabulary, thanks to designers like Miuccia Prada and Dries Van Noten. A bit more under the radar, Manuela Arcari has been exploring what she calls “perfect imperfection” for over 20 years in her Milan-based label Ter et Bantine and diffusion line Hache, which made its Fashion Week debut this season in New York. The spring collection was one in which sharply tailored blazers shared the stage with lithe silk dresses, and feminine cotton day dresses were counterbalanced with the sturdy twill jackets of blue-collar uniforms. Throughout the collection, flights of print-mixing whimsy were met with equally compelling moments of utilitarian repose. It is this minimalist sensibility that is central to Arcari’s brand – a blank slate that allows her to play with concepts so freely and to perfect her garments. So many adjectives for a collection that is essentially fuss-free, light and easy – all the things spring should be.Nivara Xaykao

Silhouette: Boxy / Slouchy-sophisticated / Trapeze

Color: Dove / Taupe / Dark denim / Merlot / Peach skin

Key Items: Sack dress / Culottes from mini-to-midi lengths / A-line skirt / Workman jacket / Boyish button-ups / Shrunken blazers / Draped “mermaid” skirt / Easy Breton tee / Shirt-jacket / Walking shorts

Materials: Organza (also embedded with metallic jacquard) / Structured percale / Linen / Micro-pleated georgette / Pajama silks / Gabardine / Denim / Wax-coated cottons

Print + Pattern: Printed granny squares / Mediterranean tile prints / Checkerboard squares / Hammam stripes

Details + Trim: Patch pockets / Tacked pleats

Accessories + Footwear: Minimalist leather necklaces / Gladiator sandals


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