The Ter et Bantine brand is back and this time it is younger looking and more feminine, but always faithful to the founding principles by which designer Manuela Arcari, has always worked: accessible fashion for all ages, wearable any time of day and for any occasion; simple lines but with precious materials and detailing. Manuela has chosen not to do the traditional catwalk show, opting instead to offer a more contemporary, free interpretation. The collection is introduced by a short film entitled “Misericordia”, by 22-year-old director from New York, Julian Klinceviz, and performed by a 16-year-old actor, Meckenzie Foy, known for playing a role in the series Interstellar when she was just thirteen. The choice not to include clothes from the collection in the film is a deliberate one. In the bare, industrial space of San Remo garage, in the heart of Milan’s five shopping streets, young, ingenuous, spontaneous models, chosen from castings held in the streets of Europe’s capital cities, brought to life a series of tableaux vivants, proposing items from the collection in rotation, moving in an apparently uncoordinated manner, through the centre of the space. The film’s images, projected onto a screen, were reflected in such a way as to seem as though they are in a dialogue with one another, acting as a dreamlike countermelody for the presentation, which was accompanied by a soundtrack by famous composer, Henri Scars Struck. Looks repeated one at a time to provide a full view of the collection. If we are talking about this new fluid fashion, we need to start with the materials: silk, silk satin, chiffon, silk and nylon blend, satin, and devoré silk velvet, illuminated by the occasional dusting of glitter. All very ductile, very feminine, with a few retro accents. The collection includes the classics: jackets and trousers with an impeccable cut, intentionally luxurious, and concise alternatives to the evening dress; skirts that knot at the waist like a sarong, and robe coats. The new shape from Ter et Bantine is fluid and hints at a femininity that is unusual for the brand: softer and built around the fullness of a warm palette. Manuela’s usual rigour has been softened by romantic touches to give us a new image, one that is delicate and precious, yet still as clear cut as ever.