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Bologna-born and publicity shy designer Manuela Arcari talks about her label, Ter et Bantine, as if it’s her third child – one that she’s raised with love and discipline, which is easy to believe when you see the strict lines and subdued tones of her collections. If her other two kids are anything like her womenswear, they too will be stylish but serious and come in neutral colours. 1980 saw her first foray into fashion at the design and style department of a clothing firm in her area, but it wasn’t until 1992, when Manuela designed her first collection, that she was met with the praise she deserved. In 1999, the designer opened a 1000 m2 showroom flooded with light in Milan’s Via San Fransceso d’Assisi – a testament to the success of her line and the sumptuousness of her overall aesthetic. From heavenly organza tops to python pencil skirts, the Ter et Bantine woman is indulgently chic.


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