Italo-Haitian designer Stella Jean feted her debut at Pitti Uomo with a plethora of magnificent prints. Exotic birds, tribal graphics and floral combinations flew off elegantly cut blazers, cropped slim-fit pants and British-inspired trenches, reflecting the designer’s multi-cultural roots.
Jean used ethically produced wax and striped canvas fabrics from Burkina Faso on Western sartorial classics, while further juxtaposing existing dress codes with a series of hybrid tops—one part Italian striped shirt, one part boxy 4-pocketed Cuban shirt, showing off yet another, this time Cuban automobile-inspired, print. Remarkably, it all made sense. Even double-breasted suit jackets and high waisted pants (with matching suspenders) looked young and cool, as the designer’s sultry pattern mixes provided them with an urban edge. The dandy-ish vibe Jean was meaning to achieve was visible throughout—and appealing too.