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MERRY MINIMALISM

Milan: At Ter et Bantine, designer Manuela Arcari has managed to achieve the seemingly impossible: minimalism that still emanates warmth, comfort and sensuality. In a season where many designers are wiping the slate clean with stark, structured cuts and undecorated surfaces, Arcari loosened up her usual minimalist style with quirky silhouettes and playful touches. The Little White Dress made numerous appearances here, with surprise details like apron-style open backs, girly flounces and mini-dresses cheekily sewn to the front. Cropped, boxy button-ups that could have been severe instead looked effortlessly chic when paired with Dickies-style pants – a sophisticated take on the blue collar uniforms; crisp pantsuits, too, looked endearingly offbeat in silhouettes that were slightly too short or too wide (or both). The mostly white and utilitarian color palette was enlivened with painterly Mod geos on matched sets and egg-shaped dresses that looked like something Marni could have done this spring – a high compliment. Ingenious accessories finished off the refreshing spring offering; an architectural, origami-esque leather backpack, in particular, perfectly captured the minimalism-gone-merry appeal of the collection.

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