In her second and last capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi, Stella Jean presented 17 pieces inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea“ and Italian Liberty style motifs from the early 20th century. Case in point: Hemingway’s marlin was embroidered on the side of a coat or a strapless ink blue dress. Stylized flowers embellished a mannish Prince of Wales jacket over a striped T-shirt and loose pants.
Jean, who hails from Haiti, blended her Caribbean streak with international and Italian craft, such as the prints made with an inkjet technique in Como or the jacquard fabrics reproducing original geometric patterns from Congo. The collection comprised shoes, bags, shawls from Ethiopia, hats and hand-wrought iron jewelry made in Haiti.
The capsule was presented at Milan’s Teatro Vetra with a live performance by Macy Gray. Ashley Graham, who fronts Marina Rinaldi’s ad campaign for spring, also attended the event.