New York as a symbol of metropolitan, Western society and Africa’s Burkina Faso were the two vastly disparate worlds that Stella Jean tried to combine in her collection. The urban sensibility of relaxed suits, short pants, parkas, trenchcoats and bombers was infused with the rustic, artisanal appeal of an array of African traditional striped fabrics. These contrasted with the pop attitude of a range of colorful prints, including one featuring pomegranates, which appeared on a lightweight sweater. Despite her efforts, Jean’s collection failed to balance all the contrasting elements, which made it somewhat confusing and lacking in her signature sophisticated style.