One of the problems of emerging fashion designers who have gained a certain visibility since the beginning of their careers, is to keep the interest of buyers and press season by season. But how?
If we consider Italian case studies such as Andrea Pompilio and MSGM, seems that you can remain on top, only if you are able to renew your whole concept, but without betraying that particular style which made your name famous. It’s really hard, but it’s what happened to Stella Jean with her second menswear collection presented during the 85th edition of Pitti Uomo.
|Stella Jean Fall Winter 2014 Menswear collection scenic design|
Stella Jean is an Italian-Haitian emerging fashion designer and ambassador of the wax and stripes philosophy who uses traditional African printed fabrics on Western silhouettes and garments. She presented her fall winter 2014 menswear collection during Pitti Uomo in Florence, and the result was far from obvious, despite for her style is very difficult to not repeat the same elements from season to season.
The colors, the wax prints, the perfect tailoring and the great number of accessories are the elements of continuity between this collection and the spring-summer 2014 one ( as well as in her women collections ); but the novelty that make this collection successful lies in the way Stella re-interpreted each of them.
The pattern of the fabrics with the exotic animals of the SS collection are transformed into abstract geometric compositions (and sometimes optical) contrasting with the formal rigor of Tartan and Glen plaid of the jackets and tailored suits.
Although this is a winter collection, the colors are bright and give a certain liveliness and personality to the men’s wardrobe, especially to outerwear pieces such as loden, Montgomery and quilted jackets.
Among the many accessories that characterize Stella Jean’s collections there are silk scarves, stylish pocket square, wax printed document holders with leather trims, and finally, the huge and colorful travel bags “stolen” to those travelers of the late nineteenth century who were goers of the iconic Victorian gentlemen’s clubs, to which the scenic design of the fashion show is inspired.
Alessandro Masetti – The Fashion Commentator