The Ter et Bantine summer collection is a dialogue between opposites, and the conversation hinges upon the evocative male and female forms.
Once again, a no-frills style enhances the fundamental fashion themes, proportion, silhouette, volume: centimetre by centimetre, the garments advance over the body and cover it with concise, yet never minimal, meanings.
The assertive personality of formal masculine lines stoops to compromises with a contemporary need for fluidity: suits with tailored fronts are deconstructed in the back, thanks to the contrasting use of stiff and soft fabrics, while the verticality of trousers is defined by wide turnups in sculpted cotton.
The female imaginary is suggested by the semi-couture shapes of the 1950s, dresses become subtle yet effective shells crafted with the utmost simplicity, thanks to thick cottons in unordinary blends, like paper, that create organdie texture.
Cuts, sometimes technical and sometimes purely decorative, are interpreted in multiples for a look evoking fractal biologies: sculpted in impeccable cottons, while viscose or liquid silks collapse along the diagonal channels they form.
The basic colour palette is limited: white-greige and a selection of blues and greys as deep as stormy skies dotted with black clouds. Some reversible pieces offer contrasts in two-tone face-offs.
Stylised designs with a tribal flair, schematic garlands interpreted as molecular models are specifically placed on the body. A rainbow of pastel colours, like a long-lost object unexpectedly rediscovered, embellishes the dramatic setting of an eccentric detail.
Special thanks to Alexis Giannotti Photographer