Wednesday, 3 February 2016

CONVERGENCE- STELLA JEAN


Beautiful beyond words and thought, Italy, home to one of the world’s most influential fashion labels {Dolce and Gabbana- D&G}, has yet again set its richness as muse to the talented Stella Jean. In beautiful creations and silhouettes, Jean has created a face for the use of the African prints beyond safe grounds as she merges her Italian and Haitian heritage in her fashion space. An emerging Haitian-Italian fashion designer and former model, whose cultural identity often provides inspiration for her eponymous label, Stella was born in 1979 and raised in Rome to a Haitian mother, Violette Jean, and an Italian father, Marcello Novarino. The use of her mother's maiden name for the brand was a deliberate move to equally represent both parts of her heritage; a consideration that is also evident in her collections.
By July 2011,the self-taught designer was one of the winners of the prestigious Vogue Italian talent contest Who Is On Next; despite the fact that her application had been previously been rejected two years in a row. Jean has established her signature aesthetic as a merging of the exoticism of her creole heritage and the craftsmanship of her Italian roots. In an interview with the Telegraph, she asserted , “I want to communicate through clothes a concept of opposite worlds and traditions fusing together in a sophisticated way and standing side by side with equal importance, not covering the other up," . Afro Caribbean culture and a Euro influence, with the slight hit of Asia permeates her designs. Her accessories are exaggerated and bigger than the average wrist and neck sizes

The crafty blend of two rich heritage gives her collections a rich, textured surface with in-depth reflections. Grounded on conservative rules, her designs are crafted with bold prints and rich colours .The result is classic feminine tailoring. For Jean's spring/summer 2014 collection, she collaborated with the International Trade Centre's Ethical Fashion Initiative. As a result, the printed fabrics for this collection were sustainably sourced, hand-crafted and aimed at helping trade workers in disadvantaged communities in Africa.
 

Spring Summer Women's Wear 2014/2015

 

Autumn/ Winter Ready to Wear 2015/2016 Women's Wear

 

Autumn/ Winter Ready to Wear 2015/2016 Women's Wear

 

Spring Summer Women's Wear 2014/2015

 

Spring Summer Women's Wear 2014/2015

 

Spring Summer Women's Wear 2014/2015

 

Spring Summer Women's Wear 2014/2015

 


"I’ve found in fashion the necessary room to make two opposite identities breathe and conciliate finally. Having been born and raised in the Italy of the eighties, as the result of a multiracial family, even if a “Milieu asie”, it ain’t been easy or painless. I started fashion as a model, and since the very first time I set foot in the fashion designer’s studio, I knew I was in my element. It was the right place to be, but the wrong way to be there. Eventually, I made some changes and found my own style, which allows me to express myself as a designer. When I first presented my collection in July 20111 at “ Who is Next”; AltaRoma and Vogue context in Rome, it represented to me a way to bring peace between the two most important parts of my personality; the European and the Creole. It’s not easy to find balance in an emotional conflict such as the one I experienced between these two parts of my soul. Fashion gave me strength and a fresh start"-STELLA JEAN
 

Autumn/ Winter Ready to Wear 2015/2016 Women's Wear

 

Autumn/ Winter Ready to Wear 2015/2016 Women's Wear

 

Autumn/ Winter Ready to Wear 2015/2016 Women's Wear

 

Autumn/ Winter Ready to Wear 2015/2016 Women's Wear

 

Spring Summer Women's Wear 2014/2015
 

Spring Summer Women's Wear 2014

Jean's appearance on the male runway was no different as she translated the audacious prints into regular coats and jackets for men. Her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection was also accessorized with bags and document wallets in leather and fabric; boots, two-tone/multi-material lace-ups  Acording to Vogue magazine, the collection would be a representation of European clothing with a mix of cheerful, unusual geometric regularities and vibrant prints and colours.

 

Autumn/Winter Ready To Wear Mean's wear 2014

 

 Autumn/Winter Ready To Wear Mean's wear 2014

 

 Autumn/Winter Ready To Wear Mean's wear 2014

 

 Autumn/Winter Ready To Wear Mean's wear 2014

Asides from the fact that I am totally in love with Italy and fascinated by the historical make-up of Haiti, the fuse of cultures makes Jean works exceptional and tangible. I am thus guilty of Stellajeanism...lol. EXCELLENT.

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” 
― Coco Chanel


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