Italian Fashion Designer and Giorgio Armani’s protege, Stella Jean debuted her Ready to Wear Spring Summer collection at Milan Fashion Week and it was all shades of revamped Cholitas attire. Bolivia’s Cholitas are petite coat wrestlers or fighting goddesses, they wear their colorful layered native dresses in the ring and out of it.
They have been faced with discrimination as to how they dress and are accused of not adopting the modern Western attire. Their women would adorn themselves with dresses and pair pair it up with a bowler hat. According to Stella Jean, “it’s a message of how fashion can be a powerful tool of independence.”
The Cholitas are bringing awareness to their discrimination and and they also pride themselves with their cultural heritage. This collection is a representation of how cultures, religion, and so much influence the creativity of designers. Apart from the inspiration behind the collection, Stella Jean has made functional pieces that are wearable although can only be tried by the bold at heart.
The Italian designer has incorporated the best fashion moments to make it look like she wasn’t going for trends at all. Prints and patterns is a major trend this season and a Stella Jean executed that perfectly in her collection by mixing with colorful silhouettes, maxi crop tops, bell sleeves off the shoulder play suits and full length dresses.