It’s not every day that a womenswear name gets chosen to present at the traditional show space of Giorgio Armani. Actually it’s never, if we’re gonna get specific, but that’s about to change this upcoming Milan Fashion Week.
Armani himself has asked fellow Italian designer Stella Jean to become the first women’s label to show her spring/summer 2014 collection at the Armani Teatro.
“The new generation of Italian designers needs our support,” Armani told Vogue UK. “It is for this reason that I continue to make my theatre on Via Bergognone available to them. Stella Jean will be the next designer to organise a fashion show at the Armani Teatro, and I hope this experience brings her luck.”
The half-Haitian Jean was selected for her “unique and very personal style.” It’s as much a mish-mash of colors, shapes, materials and prints as its designer is of cultures, her Creole heritage being a constant reference point for each collection, yet retains a very distinct aesthetic. Global in both inspiration and appeal, the buzzy prints and exaggerated silhouettes are something you could wear to dine out in New York City and to drink LSD-laced Kool Aid on a tropical island.
Said the designer:
“I find this gesture an extraordinary expression of generosity on the part of the designer who has made the history of fashion, standing out for his innovation and his ability to anticipate the times. Giorgio Armani is offering concrete support and a strong signal of confidence in emerging creativity. I can guarantee that the energy and enthusiasm that results, in emotional and creative terms, is really extraordinary. I am truly honoured and deeply grateful for the opportunity offered to me.”
We can’t think of a better space to host Jean’s maximalist shapes and wildly exotic prints than a minimalist former Nestlé factory. One step at a time, our faith in a successful Milan Fashion Week is slowly being restored. And it’s nice to be reminded that Armani’s contributions to the local industry aren’t just vocal ones.
See a few looks from the Stella Jean’s Spring 2013 and Fall 2013/14 collections below.
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