BY DEBORAH FERGUSON
Milan fashion week SS15 opened today with Haitian /Italian RTW designer; Stella Jean. I have great respect and inspiration about her ethics, her philantropy and textile design. A well produced and directed film about her company and designing ethics won "Best Message" this year at the La Jolla International Film Festival. As we had a film in the same festival I had the pleasure of viewing hers at the award ceremony and it left me with a feeling of ; why don't more RTW designers take her approach, adapt her ethics? Giorgio Armani, Suzy Menkes, Mark Holgate and a few other key Italian editors gave fantastic interviews about Stella Jean and The importantance of the Ethical Fashion Initiative.
Fast forward to today; her SS15 RTW collection was reflective of her Carribean roots and more specifically: Jamaica. Her use of fabrics and the prints are somewhat 1950's inspired with a bright mix of native African prints. Gorgeous collection and an incredible woman creating a brand that brings awareness, gives back and remains a standout RTW collection. Stella's message " It's not Charity it's just work"