Showing off her Caribbean roots and Known for her signature prints, Stella Jean was the first women’s designer to showcase her collection at Giorgio Armani’s theater, Armani Teatro. Born in Rome, Jean brought influence from her Haitian and Italian heritage into her collection with brightly colored patterns. Voluminous silhouettes were contrasted with oversized coats in prints that displayed bold stripes, pineapples, avocados and parrots. The designer came out for her final bow in a t-shirt that read, “Grazie Mr. Armani, Stella.”
With a little help from Giorgio Armani, Stella Jean packed the designer’s eponymous theater in Milan’s Via Bergognone. She was only the second designer chosen to show a collection there, after Andrea Pompilio, who showed during Men’s Fashion Week last June.
The skirts were really the focus: petticoated 50’s style and bells covered in check, vibrant tropical fruit or West African type prints, were followed by long dramatic striped trumpeted hobble skirts.
Models were adorned with straw hats, Aunt Jemima-like scarves and flowers fastened in their hair. Chunky charm bracelets and necklaces enhanced this cultural journey. The scarves, the 50’s tailored dresses and the jewelry all made me think of endearing mid 20th century celebrities and ladies with powerful maternal role models – who know how to cook homemade waffles and at the same time have a penchant for exquisite champagne.
Stella Jean’s spring summer 2014 woman overall seemed to symbolize a personal multicultural journey that only she, having a Haitian mother and Italian father, is capable of taking from her own experience and transporting on the catwalk.
Giorgio Armani knew what he was doing when he endorsed Stella Jean. Enjoy the full collection below!
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