October 17th, 2012
Black Designers, Fashion News, Shopping, You Should Know
You Should Know: Haitian-Italian Designer Stella Jean
By Faith

I’m an avid fan of eye-catching prints and when I came across Stella Jean’s designs, I instantly fell in love. The Haitian-Italian designer mixes them in the most feminine and fun ways, inspired by her Creole heritage and upbringing in Rome.

Retro-inspired shapes make Jean’s pieces all the more alluring, transporting us all back to a time when getting dressed up was de rigueur.

Her Fall 2012 collection is full of must haves for the woman who loves to go bold.

If Solange Knowles and June Ambrose don’t get their hands on these pieces immediately…Jean’s designs fall right in line with their style.

Shop some pieces from Stella Jean here.


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61 Responses to “You Should Know: Haitian-Italian Designer Stella Jean”

  1. AH says:

    I like all the color and prints, I love the blazer

  2. "You Left My Comments for Dead" says:


  3. tasha says:

    I am loving so many pieces. Great designs. The lookbook is great.

  4. Stacey says:

    i like it!
    my fave is the denim shirt with the maxi skirt

  5. Bajan Candy says:

    Oh my goodness!!! I need (yes NEED) every-single-piece of this collection. I love it. That blazer baby!!!!!

  6. Fabo says:

    Wow nvr met..well unofficially..another haitian italian..nice prints

  7. Loni says:

    This is magic!

  8. Suri says:

    Nothing new but great styling. And it is a lot better than the overrated Boxing Kitten.

  9. lolodoll11 says:

    Eh, some cute pieces. Several similar to boxing kitten. Overall, the line appears to be a bit overpriced based on what I see here.

  10. Soul Touch says:

    I love it. I have to have that red blazer!

  11. Taj says:

    I love this collection and it is definitely my style. I love the exaggerated dresses and the prints are amazing.

  12. Tiara says:


  13. like_really_ray says:

    I LIVE!

  14. Very nice, looks like great quality. However, its a bit pricey for my budget. Sewing lessons come in handy for situations like this.

  15. Anthony says:

    I just went to watch a video of her on vimeo. Thanks for the introduction, she’s amazing!

  16. I of course love the cultural designs! And the fact that it is different cultures modeling her line except a black girl but its ok I know we in the mix somewhere lol

  17. TheAntifash says:

    Really digging this. The styling is great, the pieces look well made. YES!

  18. Claire says:

    LOVE IT!

  19. KBS says:

    This is great, like Boxing Kitten but better and fresher. Thx for the intro.

  20. Bribri says:

    Love theses pieces. They have such a refined quality about them.

  21. Dobe says:

    Very nice! Love the pieces and the styling.

  22. i have been in love with stella ever since the last collection! i love what she is working in the pic with ADR :-)

  23. Sarah says:

    I guess. I am going to be the only one here to say this…I think the dresses are beautiful!! but I don’t necessarily see originality… My parents are West African I have seen this all before… moving along…

  24. aj says:

    I agree with Sarah!

  25. aj says:

    In a time when black models hardly get shine… the designer does what she has to do to be accepted. I get it. But its growing tired.

  26. iQgraphics says:

    I wanna comment, but I will leave it to @sun.kissed and @sarah cuz that’s kinda where I’m coming from

  27. endESQ says:

    Beautiful pieces. In love with the maxi skirt that is paired with the denim shirt in the next to last picture. I could see myself hosting a get-together or two in that fantastic thing.

  28. anonymous says:

    Haitian here.. Thank GOD I have some African friends that can get the cloth materials (aka Ankara) and sew these for me..there is NOOO way I’m paying that much for -simplicity.

  29. dyshaun says:


  30. Hmm says:

    I’m Liberian and I am over this trend. A sacred piece of my culture has been ripped off, gone mainstream and is getting just plain ole boring to me now. You know how many of my aunts, cousins and friend can make this stuff for 80 bucks, tops. And I doubt these are authentic fabrics. Now that society made this a trend, it’s cool. But when I was a kid everyone made fun of me and my family and our “funny clothes”. Oh, please. I’M OVER IT!

  31. Anon says:

    Great styling!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Agree with Hmm. Africans have been rocking Ankara for ages and will continue to but now all of a sudden it’s so cool because the western world said so. To Africans Ankara is a classic just like Tweed and not a trend

  33. Natasha says:

    Ladies, the print has been done: agreed. But the styling is everything. Take another look at the red pinstripe under the strapless dress. That’s an entire statement!!

  34. T says:

    I agree…Africa has been there and done it

  35. Bella says:


  36. bebe says:

    @ Hmm and Sarah

    Took the words right out of my mouth.

  37. Kisha says:

    I’m so going to recreate the denim shirt patterned skirt look. I really like this collection.

  38. Blkathena says:

    inspired by her Haitian culture? With that big Gye Nyame sign from Ghana on that dress in the last photo?? SHAMELESS. This “designer” simply ripped off the countless African designers who have used African print to make these SAME silhouettes. Check Sika designs. N’kya Designs. You guys should be able to spot frauds.

    In fact, CLAIRE should do a post on Ghana Fashion Week: http://www.bellanaija.com/2012/10/12/2012-ghana-fashion-design-week-sarah-duah/

  39. Blkathena says:

    Now THIS is fresh! http://www.bellanaija.com/2012/10/09/2012-ghana-fashion-design-week-duaba-serwa/

    Sorry, Claire last post on this topic

  40. DIVA says:

    I totally agree with Hmm….. & can you hook me up with one of those Aunts that can make me fly on the discount , because this stuff is NOT for the average 9-5 chick’s budget.

  41. Sarah says:

    @Blkathena lol… Oh jeez i just noticed that Gye Nyame sign….Just advice we have to be very careful stating inspired by “Creole” heritage.. this look began in Africa…i’m just saying

  42. Sarah says:

    @ Natasha….Styling yes originality no

  43. Heide says:

    ohmygod she’s wonderful.

  44. Heide says:

    I think I just fell in love.

    I loved the fact that she didn’t use black models. One it gives her line much more reach and I think it’s too cute seeing asian girls in african print. I’m liking it. The styling is just killa! But the designs themselves are awesome because if you switch the print the looks would still be awesome. I love the shapes and how she uses volume w/out overwhelming.

    And another thing. It’s a print people get over it. Yes I’ve seen African prints before but I’ve also seen floral, and chevron and tweed and etc, etc. Good gracious.

  45. mi manning says:

    i’m in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Audrey says:

    AYT!!!!!! I love to see my Haitian people great things!! You too Claire ;-)

  47. DOA says:

    Love it all, very cute

  48. CaribbeanQueen says:

    Lawd, who is that in the yellow dress? :(

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