I am absolutely in lust with Stella Jean‘s entire spring 2012 collection. The Italian-Haitian designer has used African wax block print fabrics and has blended the traditional and the contemporary, the Caribbean and the West to create a vibrant collection full of classic, tailored shapes.
“A style based on ‘wax and stripes philosophy’ made of a social mosaic composition in which multiculturalism is treated with a consciousness of traditions and a little bit of irony that creates a balanced blend, away from any caricaturely piege.”
The African wax block print fabrics lend a majesty to the collection while the stripes and chambray give the pieces a preppy feel. Hints of Chanel, Balmain and Japan can be seen in the almost tweed-y jacket, the cocoon nature of some of the jackets and the kimono-esque necklines and wrapped waists of many of the shirts, skirts and dresses.
Click on the images below for more from the Stella Jean spring 2012 collection.
Many thanks to the ladies over at Honestly…WTF for introducing me to this talented designer.
Photos courtesy of Stella Jean