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Despite being relatively new to the scene, Stella Jean, the Italian-Haitian designer who is one of Milan’s rising stars, has already found her own highly recognizable fashion recipe. Her optimistic brand of colorful multiculturalism is a clever mix of bourgeois shapes—either proudly ladylike or tomboyish and mannish—and high-impact prints. Stella Jean, the brand, is based on Stella Jean, the person: In either sharply tailored slacks and loafers or a stripey shirt and a balloon skirt over spiky stilettos, the designer is a great ambassador for her own vision, which is a potent magnet for prospective customers. It gives a sense of authenticity to her eccentric mix-and-match approach. Keeping shapes relatively consistent, each season Jean travels to a different place, finding patterns and motifs to create a sensational visual blast. This season, she explained, “I left home to come back home.” In other words, the Rome-born designer merged Italian tailoring with the art of Haiti, her mother’s birthplace.

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