The colour­ful world of Stella Jean.

Stella Jean re­de­fines the mean­ing of “fash­ion state­ment.”

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when you meet Stella Jean, you’re im­me­di­ately struck by her en­ergy, in­tel­lect and in­tegrity. Her de­signs— a vi­brant blend of pat­terns, shapes and colours—are equally mes­mer­iz­ing. The for­mer model turned designer is known for her clever—and of­ten ironic—blend­ing of stylis­tic, cul­tural and so­cial ref­er­ences. “Fash­ion is the most au­then­tic way for me to ex­press and re­solve some of the in­ad­e­qua­cies I felt be­ing part of a mul­tira­cial fam­ily in Italy in the ’80s,” she ex­plained dur­ing her visit to Toronto ear­lier this year. “It was hard for me to find an iden­tity, but fash­ion gave me space to ma­noeu­vre and find a place where my cul­tures—Haitian and Ital­ian—could co­ex­ist. If we can mix style el­e­ments from dif­fer­ent cul­tures with good re­sults, we can def­i­nitely em­brace this jux­ta­po­si­tion of cul­tures in real life.” ■

IS­LAND ADVENTURE For her spring/sum­mer 2015 col­lec­tion, Ital­ian designer Stella Jean stylishly blended her Haitian her­itage with her mid-cen­tury sen­si­bil­i­ties.

LOVE LET­TER

“Haiti is such an in­cred­i­ble coun­try and not just for its colours

and prints. The peo­ple have an un­con­di­tional love for the arts and a pride of their his­tory. If you go to

Haiti, you will fall in love and you will leave with tears in your eyes.” PAT­TERN PLAY “The print is in­spired by art naïf paint­ings

that de­pict typ­i­cal vil­lages and colours

from the amaz­ing Haiti. The art is meant to ex­press the life, na­ture and spirit of th­ese proud women

in their mar­ket.” SMOOTH BLEND “I’m in­spired by sil­hou­ettes from the ’50s. I take typ­i­cal shapes from that era and con­ju­gate them with wax de­sign mo­tif tex­tiles that are sym­bolic of my Haitian roots.” MIX­MAS­TER “The se­cret to mix­ing and wear­ing dif­fer­ent pat­terns is to let your style be guided by a sense of cu­rios­ity, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and au­dac­ity with a pinch of irony.” Printed cot­ton skirt ($750, stel­la­jean.it)

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