PROFILE: Italo-Haitian Designer Stella Jean

By :- Janette Brin

Fashion & Style

Young Italo-Haitian designer Stella Jean was born and currently works in Rome, where she lives with her two children. She grew up in a family where multiculturalism, art, fashion and beauty belonged to daily life. Stella begins her career as a model for Egon Von Fürstenberg, but soon discovers her real creative calling. In July 2011, she was one of the winners of the prestigious Who Is On Next? contest and in September 2012 she debuted during Milan’s Fashion Week, with a brave, sophisticated and suggestive show in collaboration with White. In June 2013 she presented her first menswear collection with a show in Florence, part of the project Pitti Italics, at Pitti Uomo. In September 2013 Stella Jean was chosen by Giorgio Armani to show her collection in the spaces of the Armani Theater during Milan Fashion Week, reinforcing her role as representative of the Italian creativity’s new wave.

In addition, on June 12, 2014, Stella took part in the Fiftieth Anniversary of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, where she was invited to participate in the Panel Discussion "The Power Of Empowered Women" at the United Nations and on the same day, she presented at the World Trade Centre (WTO) a collection made by garments created in collaboration with the project of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.

Stella Jean brand is about pure métissage, which echoes and evokes the designer’s personal story. The refined and precious mood of Stella Jean designs is incessantly inspired by her multiculturalism, which she translates into her very own, unmistakable style: the “Wax & Stripes Philosophy”. Her distinctive style is not only the union between waxed textiles, Fifties chic, men’s shirt fabric and an impeccable European cut: the designer always looks to the future and to the possible historical and cultural combinations, for a transversal and groundbreaking creativity which poses no limits to cultural, social and fabric mixes. All this is being supported by the necessity to project a new idea of multiculturalism, of which Stella is a real-life example.

The exploration and the protection of Stella Jean’s origins are reflected in the project ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative. The designer is collaborating with the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization: the Ethical Fashion Initiative is about creating beautiful luxury handwork produced 100% ethically by disadvantaged communities in Africa. This ITC programme generates work by creating an infrastructure where the fashion luxury business can develop and produce products. It is about a proper, accountable business which is sustainable and environmentally sound, promoting sustainable economic development and opportunities in countries that do not need our charity.

The SS 2015 collection by Stella Jean is based on an anthropological and cosmopolitan mood, characterized by a perpetual succession of cultural trompe-l'oeil: fabrics and combinations define new narrative landscapes outlining an unprecedented aesthetic where fashion (ethical fashion) becomes a spokesperson..

The looks for this Spring/Summer, made with hand-loom fabrics produced in Burkina Faso and with the Bogolan (handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud), will be presented together with a line of accessories that are a tribute to the naïve Haitian culture.

In an authentic cultural symposium, including visions and expressions of worlds only in appearance far away from each other and in contrast, the jewelry, made ​​in Haiti, and the bags, in Burkina and Bogolan fabric and assembled in Kenya, outline the characteristics of a styling focused on the importance and the inherent richness of artisanal production by different communities, in the name of an offhand syncretism that converges in a collection that is pioneer of a needed historical/cultural counter- colonization. 


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