The Stella Jean spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection was an incredibly interesting mishmash of patterns and styles unveiled at Milan Fashion Week. The mashing of patterns and messy hairstyles, incredibly complex earrings and other fun accessories was a visual feast pulling the eye in several directions at once from the start of the show to the finish.
For those who would not be willing to wear many of the pieces together, each of the pieces including accessories would work as a great statement piece in a more standard outfit. The colors were rich and the patterns were intriguing. The feel overall was modern and though the patterns were intricate, the appearance was light and uncomplicated.
Stella Jean was inspired by the soccer games her son plays all the time. Prior to her show, she was quoted as saying backstage: “When I travel with my children, no matter which country we’re in, my son Grande, who’s now 12 years old, immediately engages in mad soccer games with local kids.” She elaborated, stating that “Soccer needs no translation because it’s already a powerful common language; it breaks every racial and social barrier.”
She felt that fashion could be used to further blend different cultures as a Haitian – Italian descendent, and as culture dictates she is more than entitled to share hers. Stella Jean also expressed her interest in Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner with a recognizable sense of style regardless of her circumstances, as well as Burmese clothing and artist Préfète Duffaut.
The landscapes printed on several of her wrap-around sarongs were a nod to Burmese everyday clothing because, as Stella Jean put it “when you go to food markets in Asia, that’s the way women dress.” Many different seasons of Stella Jean clothing were heavy handed with the style and very in your face.
The spring 2017 runway for Stella Jean was definitely more minimalistic than some of her others, though definitely a highly maximalist show against others. There is also a distinct air of previous eras of fashion showing throughout the collection as well.
Many of the looks are lengthening and bright, some of which have material hanging from the hem in an interesting note as it was clearly intended. Some of the layered looks were amusing and looked like a lot of fun to wear, including a button-up with a V-necked sweater and a sheer skirt with roosters on it.
Nearly all of the looks featured an armband and all of the flats were beautifully decorated. Soccer shirts showed up in the collection several times, as did the rooster embellishments. The Stella Jean spring 2017 collection truly was fun and light from start to finish.
Photos courtesy of Vogue