The Milan calendar’s newcomer, Stella Jean, earned enough accolades on the strength of last season’s show to advance to a better timeslot – from the end of Milan Fashion Week when editors have seen three weeks of the fashion month grind, to the beginning when jetlag is still 12 hours away and optimism is high. Jean’s character-driven collections infuse her West African and Haitian heritage with classic Italian craftsmanship, with the latest demonstrating an improvement in tailoring technique and use of colorful prints.
Spring/Summer 2015 is an eye-popping collage of sporty t-shirts, tropical sarongs, embroidered kimono toppers and voluminous silhouettes. Whether an island paradise is your home or just your travel destination, Jean’s confident ensembles will be the type you want to live in. The scenery on her prints are enough to sell us on their covetability, and the fact that they come on prim pencil skirts, wrapped maxi skirts, and full skirts alike only increases their favor. Fish printed blazers, giraffe cardigans and separates embroidered with donkeys and palm trees are Jean’s other acts of sartorial escapism. It may be too early to call this the “feel-good collection of the summer,” but it certainly put a smile on the audience’s face.
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