Designer to Know: Stella Jean
Rome-based designer Stella Jean’s namesake clothing line creates styles that not only boast eclectic prints, but also clash cultures. Her collections exhibit a fusion of her Caribbean heritage married with the detailed craftsmanship of her Italian homeland. “I’m half-Italian and half-Haitian. And the need to conciliate my two opposite identities and roots motivated me to start,” says Jean.
As for her creations: think East African prints that enliven 1950s silhouettes and offbeat details—such as denim shirts paired with bold turbans for women and pocket squares and pens for men—enriching tailored preppy classics. Her Fall 2013/2014 womenswear line was a critical and commercial success, which is in direct correlation to both Jean’s professional and personal motto: “The only insurmountable frontiers are those of the mind.” And she may be right: legendary designer Giorgio Armani has tapped Jean to present her Spring/Summer 2014 collection at the Armani Teatro in Milan, making her the first womenswear designer to do so. —Joane Amay