Stella Jean

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A special élan distinguishes this young designer born in Rome of Caribbean origins, who brings to fashion what fashion has taught her. Her background as a fashion model helped her hone her technical skills. Hours of fitting, photo shoots, tailoring, frantic back-stages and nervous creators have helped sharpen her style. A family tradition devoted to the Enlightenment aesthetic did the rest. This history led her to become a winner of the Vogue Italy and AltaRomasponsored contest: ‘Who’s on Next‘. Her style reflects and evokes her Creole heritage: blending old continent cultures with the verve of the new continent, marrying the opposites in a femininity well aware of its precious uniqueness. Through the lines of Italian haute couture craftsmanship beats a sensual elegance, proud and aware but never ostentatious.

The designer’s signature “Wax & Stripes Philosophy” reflects a mood reminiscent of her own multicultural personal journey, translated into a stylistic point of balance, a synthesis of cultures that overcomes what seems to be diametrically opposed. “Wax” represents her maternal roots, Haiti, the first independent black republic in the world, drawing its history in part from West Africa. The masculine “Stripes” present on shirts, symbolize the her father, from Turin. The “Wax & Stripes Phylosophy” thus professes and projects the culture of encounter: the two cultures never negotiate their own membership, instead mixing in resonse to the needs of the times. Fashion can be used as a cultural translator and a tool against colonization: reestablish the balance between symbols, stories and different worlds through style. A succession of cultural “trompe l’oeil”, with the desire to branch into even more unexpected stylistic weddings, allowing cultural exchanges and dialogues to finally be equal. The stylish mixture never strays into caricature or parody, remembering that knowledge and respect should never be subordinate to latitude, but instead must be a “a priority“.

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