Top design talent, Stella Jean has had her home featured in South African ELLE Decoration’s “Fashion” issue – and wow are we impressed.
The fabulous home of the print-loving creative is captured for the mag by Helenio Barbetta, and draws parallels between her sense of style and her men’s and womenswear, which all reflect her Haitian heritage.
Ms Jean, who grew up in Italy with her father and Haitian mother, told ELLE;
“My decor, like my collections, reflects my two worlds – Europe and Haiti – in terms of expression and colour.
Growing up in a multiracial family in Italy in the 1980s not only shaped me as a person, but also inspired my professional path – even though it hasn’t always been simple or painless. Actually, it was hard for me to find an identity.”
On her work, which has been a hit since it landed on fashion’s radar in 2011 after winning Vogue Italia‘s ‘Who’s On Next’ competition, Stella continued;
“I decided to give life to my personal experience by combining the stripes of my father’s shirts, which symbolise my European roots, with wax design motif textiles, which represent the African roots of Haiti, the native island of my mother, which was the first independent black republic in the world.
When I combined these elements, I finally had my ‘Wax & Stripes Philosophy.'”
We at SPICE were thrilled to see the mix of colours and collage-esque style of print-splashing the designer adds to her work also present in her home – but see more of her interview with ELLE Decorations here and see more of Stella Jean’s home inside the “Fashion” issue of the magazine, out now.
Image source: Elledecoration.co.za