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Collection – Spring / Summer 2018 - Lookbook

Arete’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collection is inspired by the life of modern nomads, women who continually expand their world through the exploration of new frontiers. A particular inspiration story is of Ashol-pan, a young 12-year old who breaks tradition as the first female eagle huntress in Mongolia. This cultural change recognizes female empowerment, a value that drives young women to reach new heights.

In relation, modern women in metropolitan cities are considered urban nomads, who travel and migrate for work and leisure. They enrich their lives through active explorative discovery, opening their eyes to different cultures, people, and environment. The life of a modern female nomad is one rich with multitude of experience and personal growth.

Capturing hues from the Mongolian Gobi Desert, “Urban Nomad” ranges from cream, sand, black, to a rich sunset red. The pieces in Arete’s SS18 collection are imagined for the modern female nomad – relaxed with polished sophistication, easy to travel with and carry on the go for a wide range of occasions. Key designs include long double-breasted trench vests and coats for colder nights that can be worn over fluid dresses, smart casual suits for summer work meetings, and relaxed wide-leg trousers for stylish comfort while exploring new cities. For a playful flair, Arete incorporates exposed shoulders, uneven hems, and wrap-around ties. Arete women in their daily adventures enjoy a mix of functionality with interesting twists in design details.

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Based in Shanghai, ARETE is a global independent designer label that adopts a stance of thoughtfulness and empowerment towards living up to one's full potential. Graduating from the Parsons Design School, Head Designer Christina Liao worked at Yigal Azrouël and Ralph Lauren before dedicating herself towards pioneering a new vision of international fashion with ARETE. Drawing from the founders' formative years in New York shaped with Chinese heritage, ARETE speaks to modern women who play many different yet important roles in life, pushing cultural and categorical permutations into the best version of herself. Through uncompromised quality and original design, ARETE translates East/West inspirations and technical craftsmanship into cosmopolitan ease and effortless style.