We here at The Fashion Bomb have been obsessed with Stella Jean since the brand’s inception and it’s safe to say that the fashion industry is following our sentiment. From a slew of international fans to a benefactor in Giorgio Armani, Jean has definitely captured the hearts, minds, and pockets of the sartorially-inclined, with designs that are certainly unlike anything else traipsing down the runways of Milan. The brand’s latest collection was heavy in prints, textures, and femininity, elevating Stella Jean from just “one to watch” to one to look to each season for something fresh and new.
Jean partnered with the International Trade Center to source prints handcrafted from women living in villages in Burkina Faso, bringing authenticity, heritage, and a sense of empowerment to the designs. She described the patterns as purely “ethnic”, telling Vogue.com, “the word liberated from Western abuse and manipulators, to be returned to its authentic and far more egalitarian routes”. A strong and powerful statement, though I wonder why the catwalk here still had so few models of color.
Statement-making printed head wraps and artsy loafers and kitten heels were the perfect complements to ensembles that were already booming with life. Eye-catching baubles lent the looks added doses of bounce and zest.
Full skirts were a focal silhouette in the collection, decorated with nature-inspired motifs including seashells, fruits, and zebras.
Tailored separates spoke to the modern-day women with ankle-length trousers, boyfriend blazers, and high-waist pencil skirts.
Classic patterns like stripe and gingham were given an edge with graphic tees and mixed prints. The layering was showstopping, giving us all inspiration on how to spin our favorite Summer wares for the Fall season that is currently at hand.
I would really love to see Solange Knowles in the brand’s designs, as well as stylish ladies including Lupita Nyong’o, and Naomie Harris. These pieces would surely turn a few heads on the red carpet or at high-fashion soirées.
What do you think of Stella Jean’s latest?
Images and quote: Vogue.com