Last week we introduced you to one of our favorite new designers, Stella Jean, and shared some of our favorite looks from past shows. Over the weekend the designer showed her Spring 2014 collection during Milan Fashion Week at the Teatro Armani and we’ve got a whole new crop of amazing looks to add to our wish list. According to the designer’s Facebook page, this new collection is “inspired by the evocative black and white images of aristocrats vacationing in the 60s, the creations are characterized by trompe- l’oeil metissage cultural exploration.”
Trompe l’oeil, counter-colonization and metissage–meaning a mixing of cultures–are the foundations of Stella Jean’s design aesthetic, and each inspiration was readily apparent in this new vibrant collection. Beautiful bold, tropical-themed fabrics were crafted into fabulously pouffed skirts that indicated a nod to the designer’s Haitian heritage, while the stripes on her trapeze coats, trench coats, and pencil skirts hail from a more classical, European origin.
While there was high drama in pieces like the floor-length, blue and white striped, parrot dress, the mood was tempered with more functional pieces like the various coats and bubble skirts that could easily be worked into anyone’s wardrobe. Our favorite part of the show was the unexpected headware; the models wore playful bow headbands and chic, dramatic fedoras.
The collection as a whole set a worldly, sophisticated jet-setter tone and transported the audience to the tropics, where inspiration and imagination could run wild.