STELLA JEAN From the ob­scure Hi­malayan yak sym­bol­ism (yes, you read that right) to her stylis­tic rein­ven­tions of mun­dane so­ci­ety, the self-taught Ital­ian de­signer tells us the story be­hind her Au­tumn/Win­ter ’15 col­lec­tion. By Amy Yas­mine.

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Cul­tural nu­ances have al­ways been the frame­work of Stella Jean’s aes­thet­ics, but this sea­son saw the half-Haitian, half-Ital­ian de­signer go from Africa’s sa­faris to the ver­tig­i­nous land­scapes­d­scapes of the Hi­malayas. “My Au­tumn/Win­ter ’15 col­lec­tion is a stylis­tic dis­obe­di­ence in which In­dia, England, Italy, Burk­ina Faso, and Haiti di­a­logue at a fast pace, in an aes­thetic, eth­i­cal, and so­cial en­counter,” says Jean, who in 2011 won Vogue Italia’s pres­ti­gious “W “Who is on Next?” tal­ent ini­tia­tive. “I was in­spired by the high al­ti­tude land­scape­sand­scapes for the het­ero­ge­neous lay­er­ing of fab­rics and shapes; a func­tional process rooted in ana no­madic cul­ture which ini­tially de­ceives with its sense of ran­dom­nesss and it is unm un­masked by its aes­thetic quo­tient.”

Ev­i­dently so, Jean’s new­found reap­pro­pri­a­tion made its way through thee lay­er­ing of fl floor length duster coats over evening gowns; strap­less dresses over turtle­necks.le­necks. “I a am a huge ’50s and ’60s cin­ema fan and I like to ex­press my idea of fem­i­nin­i­tyinin­ity thr through the sil­hou­ettes of that era, al­ways ex­per­i­ment­ing with new com­bi­na­tions,ations, and ex­plor­ing the ex­ist­ing to take out some­thing new and unique,” adds Jean, wh whose sil­hou­ettes for this sea­son took a more struc­tural de­par­ture.

Else­where, English tar­tan checks played host to In­dian mu­si­cians,ans, wh while the Hi­malayas’ much-cel­e­brated yak trans­formed into fan­tas­ti­cal ical em em­broi­deries that adorned al­most every­thing from pen­cil skirts, tweeds, andnd cam cameoed jumpers.

“Every­thing starts from a phi­los­o­phy of life and the con­cept of mu mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism ap­plied to fash­ion. My “Wax & Stripes Phi­los­o­phy” is the he inte in­ter­pre­ta­tion key through which I want to com­bine and match a stylis­tic ic cho choice and a way of life that can in­fect all as­pects of ev­ery­day life and can be clea clearly iden­ti­fi­able and trace­able in ev­ery line to which I give life.” Stella Jean, ClubClu 21, Level 3, Pav­il­ion Kuala Lumpur. Tel:Tel 03-2142 8806 Stella Jean Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15

In­tri­cate em­broi­deries in­spired by the rich cul­tures of In­dia take cen­tre stage at Stella Jean Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15 Stella Jean Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15

Cul­tural mish­mash back­stage at Stella Jean

Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15

Stella Jean

Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15

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