I have a new crush. Her name is Stella Jean and her designs make me swoon. This amazing Haitian-Italian designer melds her seemingly incongruent cultural heritages into something quite special. She calls it her “wax and stripes philosophy”. Her energetic, vibrant patterns draw on West African prints from her mother’s heritage and she juxtaposes these with masculine striped shirts that harken to her father’s Italian upbringing. I love the fact that her designs carry such personal meaning for her and even more so, the fact that her work encourages cultural exchange and awareness. Fashion isn’t always trivial. You keep it up, girl. The world is watching.
All photos are courtesy of Style.com and show a selection from Stella Jean’s A/W 2014 collection
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