Indian of West London
Stella Jean knows how to put her best foot forward! Since I first followed her career starting from the fares of White Milano, to her first runway show and as she won the Vogue’s Talent up to the time Mr. Armani opened his theatre for her, then the rest just followed. I adored this woman not because of her impeccable wax-print collection but because something about her, I can relate. Her clothes reflect about her values, her blood, her subtle narration of social injustices, her fashion forward vision and her originality! I believe that is important in this industry. In fact, season after season she brings something new. The next fall-winter man will wear an interlaced Himalayan Obi belt or cummerband with a closure on the back – now that is something! And make sure to instagram that.
There are times that designers create pieces that are only visually attractive on editorials in which I compare to a painting that can be hang on the wall. But Jesus, if you paid for this item why will you just display that like being “coverteured” near your fashion books or just collect them like Anna Dello Russo until you need your third apartment for archiving your closet! You might as well wear them continuously as they wear and tear. My point is they have to be wearable. That I see on every single piece of this collection. The stripes over print principle always work-out! Although there are a lot of print going on but they come in harmony because of the texture of cotton mixed with velvet and wool with leather. And if there’s only one print, that won’t be Stella and that will make the collection very banale. My favorites are the outerwears like the trompe-l’oeil coats and the bouclè v-cut blazer. The must-have could be the boots because of the mixed of materials and obviously, the belt.
The trenchess have classic upper-class cut and Italian tailoring usually with buttons but the trousers are rather hip on the thigh part, skinny on the leg part and with cuffs at the end. There is one olive corduroy, not really my thing but the styling makes it pop! I also noticed that band-type of collar which I find very neat and the layered t-shirts. The collection was produced using textures woven in Burkina Faso by local women artisans who were imployed in ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative. On the other hand, the t-shirts look like they have Maharaya Palace print, which I am not sure of. I think they’re intentionally covered so that the imitators won’t have time to reprint them or figured it out! Did you saw some bearded men and bindi’s on their forehead?
Western Indian or Bristish India, I call these guys – the man of the next season! This man walks the streets of Rajasthan with a West End of London charisma. A man so sure about himself but dislike the disdain of colonialism. “The willing sacrifice of an innocent is the best answer to insolent tyranny which has not yet been conceived by God and men,”this according to Mahatma Gandhi. More so like him, he fights against their British colonizers through silent rebellion using fair play, concentration and elegance he’s learnt from the cricket pitch – that is more powerful than Kalashnikov!