The style of Stella Jean reflects and evokes her métissage and Creole heritage: blending old continent cultures with the verve of the new continent, marrying the opposites in femininity well aware of its precious uniqueness.
The designer’s signature “Wax & Stripes Philosophy” reflects a mood reminiscent of her own multicultural personal journey, translated into a stylistic point of balance, a synthesis of cultures that overcomes what seems to be diametrically opposed. “Wax” represents her maternal roots, Haiti, the first independent black republic in the world, drawing its history in part from West Africa.
The masculine “Stripes” present on shirts, symbolize her father, from Turin. The “Wax & Stripes Philosophy” thus professes and projects the culture of encounter: the two cultures never negotiate their own membership, instead mixing in response to the needs of the times. Fashion can be used as a cultural translator and a tool against colonization: re-establish the balance between symbols, stories and different worlds through style.
Her Spring Summer 2015 collection has a strong anthropological story characterized by a succession of cultural trompe-l’oeil. The collection is a declaration of intent and confirms her commitment to testifying, sharing and tracing back secular traditions through narrative images and it is characterized by something new, the return to her home: Haiti. This collection is a cultural symposium, a conversation of visions and expressions of distant and contrasting worlds only in appearance, united under an aesthetic linking Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali and Italy. A reversal of Babel.
The stylish mixture never strays into caricature or parody, remembering that knowledge and respect should never be subordinate to latitude, but instead must be a “a priority”.
Her passion for fashion comes from the necessity of finding her own expressive language, “Fashion is my most authentic communications medium through which I have been able to express and resolve the sense of inadequacy which has guided me through the first years of my life,” she says.