“From the farm to the jungle” was the mood of Stella Jean’s resort collection, as the designer explained. Images of geese inspired by a Russian painting injected a playful touch into very feminine dresses, including a style featuring an incorporated capelet and inserts in a striped shirting fabric. Moving the focus to more exotic tropical locales, multicolor monkeys, drawn by Canadian artist Christopher Griffin, were printed on a range of pieces, from shorts and a sarong-like wrap skirt to mini and midi shirt dresses in fresh cotton.
The printed garments with vivacious motifs were juxtaposed with color-blocked knits introducing a graphic, more rigorous note into the lineup.
Tailoring, including a striped suit and a sleeveless trench dress, were commercially savvy alternatives to the more ladylike designs.