Hand-picked from the array of strictly Italian styles during Milan Fashion Week this AW16 season, Stella Jean stood out abruptly with the undeniable traits of “Africa” in her collection. This was not the first time I noticed a Stella Jean design nor acknowledged the self-made Haitian-Italian designer who refuses to shy away from her creole roots, but this one is for the books.
“Stella Jean was brought up with European visual clichés, so her skill was to take bold African patterns and work their rhythm into Western looks. Bold coats, well-cut jackets, and skirts were from a colonial lady’s fashion closet. But these tailored garments looked as spiffy with fragments of African patterns as did the knits.” – Suzy Menkes|Vogue