May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Milan: Designer Manuela Arcari was all business this season, though in an intellectual manner appropriate for Ter et Bantine’s luxurious restraint. Following a long tradition of fashion borrowing from the boardroom, the collection made pinstripes and flannel look new for women, eschewing the usual sexed up or overly mannish route in favor of something referentially neutral. Blazers were slim or sleeveless, cinched just under the bust with leather utility belts, box pleat skirts hit well below the knee and full trousers pooled at the ankles. Coats with round shoulders and lustrous mink pieces had a more pliant undercurrent, but high necks and body-skimming silhouettes kept the mood sober. Flashes of cobalt crept in among the dark neutrals, while flat loafers and heavy flat-form booties spoke to Ter et Bantine’s unassuming and powerful Fall confidence.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Long and lean / Menswear / Buttoned up
Color: Black / Flannel grey / Navy / Mink / Cobalt / Coco / White
Key Items: Midi-shirtdresses / Trouser jumpsuits / Elongated sleeveless blazers / Layered fur shell tops / Ribbed turtlenecks / Textured fur jackets and coats / Fuzzy crewneck sweaters / Contrast sleeve jackets / Calf-length pleated skirts / Full menswear pants
Materials: Felted wool / Angora / Flannel / Long pile fur / Satin / Leather / Panne velvet / Mohair
Print + Pattern: Pinstripes / Checks / Subtle patchworking / Laddered stripes
Details + Trim: Pleating / Stand collars / Wrapping / Elongated sleeves / Velvet patches / Fur sleeves / Contrast lining
Accessories + Footwear: Flat lace-up menswear loafers / Crocodile utility belts / Fur embellished shoes / Orthopedic platform loafers / Fur scarves
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