Stella Jean has metabolized her dual heritage to strike the right note between the contemporary need for sophisticated silhouettes, and prints and handicrafts clearly “ethnic”. On the runway, the result feels anything but folkloric
Ever since half-Italian designer won the Who Is On Next award in 2011 – and was subsequently chosen by Giorgio Armani to show in his Milan premises – she had become a torch-bearer for Africa in fashion.
This season she was one of Milan’s rising stars with her Spring 2015 multiculturalism collection that is a clever mix of bourgeois shapes—either proudly ladylike or tomboyish and mannish—and high-impact prints.
Models wore sharply tailored slacks and loafers or a stripey shirt and a balloon skirt over spiky stilettos, we also saw her signature embellished ladylike coats and the balloon skirts. The pieces give a sense of authenticity to her eccentric mix-and-match approach. This season, she explained, “I left home to come back home.” In other words, the Rome-born designer merged Italian tailoring with the art of Haiti, her mother’s birthplace.
Scroll down to view full collection from the Spring 2015 Milan Fashion Week Runway.
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