Stella Jean, (Jean pronounced like the French word for”John”) is the daughter of a Haitian Mother and an Italian father. Residing in Rome, she is one of the winners of Vogue Italia‘s talent competition “Who is On Next”. She debuted her Spring-Summer 2013 collection at Milan Fashion Week. Her prints on full skirts and dresses reflect her Creole-Haitian heritage with her Italian roots. This combination of European silhouette mixed with bold tribal prints and color makes her a stunning standout.
For Spring 2014, Stella Jean collaborated with the International Trade Center’s Ethical Fashion Initiative. As part of the initiative, fabrics would be sustainably sourced and their sale would benefit trade workers in disadvantaged communities in Africa and Haiti. I was first introduced to this collection via Dominick and Marilyn, owners of the eponymous store Blake in Chicago, where Stella Jean is sold. I was immediately smitten.
For Spring 2015, Stella Jean’s printed dirndl skirts worn cinched at the waist and with a simple plaid button down is a hit. I can’t wait for her Fall 2015 collection to arrive at Blake.
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