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Stella JeanSpring Summer 2014 Milan

Runway Review
9/21/2013 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean created a silhouette for her debut runway collection that was familiar yet exotic.

An oversized bell-shaped skirt kept in shape by a concealed petticoat both recalled a 1950s sock hop — a point she made by an argyle sweater pairing — and Creole styles reflecting her mother's origins, which received a nod through huge double-peaked head ties and tropical accents.

A former runway model, Stella Jean demonstrated how restraint and tailoring can keep an exuberant look from veering into the cartoonish, even when a blue-and-white checked big-bubble skirt is paired with an enormously cut striped jacket in purple and blues and a tropical print bra top.

While Stella Jean fittingly indulged in bright colors and generously mixed-and-matched clashing patterns, she toned it down at times with understated shades, sometimes choosing a dusty blue over aquamarine, aqua green instead of a bolder shade, and mustard over canary yellow.

The collection's silhouette also included long hip-hugging skirts that flair into a dramatic mermaid-like train. She included pants and shorts in the mix, and masculine touches like striped shirts and men's hats.

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9/21/2013 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean created a silhouette for her debut runway collection that was familiar yet exotic.

An oversized bell-shaped skirt kept in shape by a concealed petticoat both recalled a 1950s sock hop — a point she made by an argyle sweater pairing — and Creole styles reflecting her mother's origins, which received a nod through huge double-peaked head ties and tropical accents.

A former runway model, Stella Jean demonstrated how restraint and tailoring can keep an exuberant look from veering into the cartoonish, even when a blue-and-white checked big-bubble skirt is paired with an enormously cut striped jacket in purple and blues and a tropical print bra top.

While Stella Jean fittingly indulged in bright colors and generously mixed-and-matched clashing patterns, she toned it down at times with understated shades, sometimes choosing a dusty blue over aquamarine, aqua green instead of a bolder shade, and mustard over canary yellow.

The collection's silhouette also included long hip-hugging skirts that flair into a dramatic mermaid-like train. She included pants and shorts in the mix, and masculine touches like striped shirts and men's hats.


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