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August 24th, 2013

Stella Jean New Collection + Trunkshow with Moda Operandi + Showcasing with Georgio Armani!

Stella Jean is one of our favourite newcomers to the African fashion scene. She has only been around for a minute as a designer but began as model for Egon Von Furstenberg. With an interesting background being Italian and Haitian she has brought all the aesthetics of her background, her knowledge working in fashion and her obvious talent design skills to the industry and it has not gone unnoticed. Her Wax & Stripes Philosophy“, is now started to be recognized as a SJ style. Her unique style of mixing prints was also won her the prestigious Vogue Italia’s Who’s On Next talent contest in 2011.

But she is also very true to making a difference and considering different ways of impacting lives through her work so it is no new news to hear that she has joined the likes of  Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood,  to work with the ITC – International Trade Center’s  and their  Ethical Fashion Initiative who we talk about quite alot on this site and who also work with local fashion producers in Africa and in Haiti.

On top of this exciting news is that Giorgio Armani has asked this fellow Italian designer Stella Jean to be one of the selected emerging designers, and the first womenswear name to present her S/S 2014 collection on September in Milan at Teatro Armani – his own traditional showspace during Milan Fashion Week.

“The new generation of Italian designers needs our support,” said Armani. “It is for this reason that I continue to make my theatre on Via Bergognone available to them. Stella Jean will be the next designer to organise a fashion show at the Armani Teatro, and I hope this experience brings her luck.”

Recognition or what!

Her response:

“I find this gesture an extraordinary expression of generosity on the part of the designer who has made the history of fashion, standing out for his innovation and his ability to anticipate the times,” said Jean. “Giorgio Armani is offering concrete support and a strong signal of confidence in emerging creativity. I can guarantee that the energy and enthusiasm that results, in emotional and creative terms, is really extraordinary. I am truly honoured and deeply grateful for the opportunity offered to me.”

So with that said we are excited to see her showcasing on online retailer Moda Operandi omprised of 2 skirts, 1 t-shirt, 2 dresses and 2 swim suits,. Inspired by what she calls “the juxtaposition of culture and tradition coming together in a contemporary way against a backdrop of retro ladylike silhouettes,” there are pieces that we just love and cant wait to get our hands on! Whats your favourite pieces?

Whatever it may be you better hurry up as it ends August 28!

See info here: Moda Operandi.

And to get you all excited see her latest collection below….she just never stops to make us want more…

Stella …. ti vogliamo bene – We love you.



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