I just descover from myself a new amazing fashion designer – Stella Jean. These prints in her fashion shows takes me into magical places. All these colours and prints are creating these gorgeous clothes, what I would like to wear every day if I just have that money to buy such amazing art peaces. Stella Jean is one of this season’s most talked-about names, and one of Milan’s brightest emerging fashion stars, but she’s not about to rest on her laurels just yet. Born in Rome, but with Haitian roots, she sees fashion as a means of bridging cultures, as proved in her bold, ethnic-inspired designs that fly off the shelves as soon as they arrive in stores. Stella Jean has worked with the International Trade Centre to source prints made by women living in villages in Burkina Faso – possibly the first time such a proudly ethical point has been made during Milan Fashion Week – which are as colourful as they are varied. They are ethnic, she says, in the truest sense: “the word liberated from Western abuse and manipulators, to be returned to its authentic and far more egalitarian routes”. In the Stella Jean SS14 fashion show, there are so many simple cuts, but these colorful prints mixed with stripes are giving just a right style. I wouldn’t have never believe that avocados, parrots and zebras can give to the audience true West-African feeling. I can’t get enough for watching this fashion show and more I see them, more I admire to have these puffy skirts.
Stella Jean promised us a ménage a trois of Italian, Japanese and African cultures for autumn/winter 2014 – a look she said would play out a “hybrid of geisha and mannish attitude” that would be “both conscious and humorous”. No Stella Jean piece is ever bought with a season, or fast fashion in mind – these are to be worn and passed down through generations.Exacly that what she promised us, we saw on the AW14 show. Again busy prints and complicated cuts styled up together – so refreshing!
This season she’s collaborated with Christian Louboutin for shoes featuring her signature Burkina Faso stripes, which added a new sophistication to a look that is becoming as unmistakable as it is popular.
Can’t wait see next fashion show from Stella Jean!
pictures, info: vogue.co.uk