Stella Jean Menswear Fall Winter 2014 Florence
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At first glance, it wasn't clear who colonized who at the culture and style clash theatre that was Stella Jean's spring summer 2014/15 fashion show in Florence.

Rooted in a British gentlemen's club theme, the collection bore a Savile Row flair and some key elements of traditional English men's fashion. But the wild Caribbean batik prints we saw in her women's spring summer 2014 made a comeback - showing the crowd that this British chap caught island fever and would never return home the same again...

"When you come from a mixed background, you never really know [who is colonizing who]," she told Now Fashion backstage after the show, reminding us of her Haitian-Italian heritage.

Italian tailoring refined the contours of tapered slacks, trench coats and robes, which were further excited by batik, striped and wild 1930's style geometric prints.

Looks were paired with batik washed weekend bags and flamboyant printed scarves, while spots of fur trim and angora reminded us that it is still indeed winter.

The set, which also at first mirrored a typical British men's club in Rhodesia or India also deceived, as portraits of native women, civil rights pioneer Abraham Lincoln and Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the Haitian Revolution of 1791 hung proudly on the striped wallpaper.

And any mixed-race child can identify with Stella Jean -- that this eclectic contrast of patterns and materials is part of her creative DNA and that her style is going to live on in Milan's fashion scene for a long time.

In the end, it seems it was Stella Jean who did the colonizing.

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