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.
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
Autumn/ Winter ’15