The Look: Stella Jean AW14

In support for the Black community, I continue celebrating and highlighting the talented individuals that shape fashion today. Take notes! Stella Jean, Rome-based designer with Haitian origins, is recognized as the first Black Italian designer. She is considered to be Giorgio Armani’s protégé, and her collections are some of the boldest moments every Milan fashion week. The basis of Jean’s work is multiculturalism applied to fashion, resulting in a cultural fusion of her own métisse identity. Her work often merges classical Italian tailoring with stylistic features of varying cultures, whether its wax prints from Burkina Faso or artisan embroideries made in India. Above is my all-time favourite Stella Jean look from her delightful autumn-winter 2014 collection. For more of the designer, see my previous posts on her or check out her site!

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

Dispatch from Milan. Pucci, Agnona & Others AW17

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When a show isn’t worth a post that much, but one specific look needs the spotlight. A small, commute-fit dispatch from Milan. Leave the big posts for the evening!

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Agnona / I nearly forgot about the existence of this brand, when I suddenly spotted this one specific look. Its brilliance measures from the top to the bottom, from the knit’s fur back to the denim skirt-pants hybrid tacked in the boots.

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Emilio Pucci / This is what you call a fringe. A fringed hat. And it’s green. Massimo Gioretti is mad this season at Pucci, but I quite like his vision of an aristocratic dame.

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Max Mara / Red is hot and Max Mara gets the point this season.

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Bottega Veneta / Eva Herzigova opened the show in this shoulder-pad top and luxe sweatpants as if she was the embodiment of power. Oh wait, she is.

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Stella Jean / Known for her great love for everything ethnic, there was no wonder that Stella would sooner or later go for Slavic culture. From peasant shirts and hand-embroidered folklore skirts to fur vests and remastered ‘hammer and sickle’ t-shirt, that was a Mother Russia moment in Milan.