Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean created a silhouette for her debut runway collection that was familiar yet exotic.
An oversized bell-shaped skirt kept in shape by a concealed petticoat both recalled a 1950s sock hop — a point she made by an argyle sweater pairing — and Creole styles reflecting her mother’s origins, which received a nod through huge double-peaked head ties and tropical accents.
A formal runway model, Stella Jean demonstrated how restraint and tailoring can keep an exuberant look from veering into the cartoonish, even when a blue-and-white checked big-bubble skirt is paired with an enormously cut striped jacket in purple and blues and a tropical print bra top.
That equilibrium was evident also in the West African wax prints from Burkina Faso that formed another driving force of the collection. Stella Jean sources the textiles from Africa through an industry initiative to help disadvantaged communities make money through traditional crafts. via – GreenwichTime