“MILAN — Stella Jean, a 34-year-old designer who lives in Rome, thought someone was kidding her when she received an invitation to show her new collection in the theater of Giorgio Armani’s Milan headquarters, the result of the maestro’s decision to help emerging fashion talents.
“I’m still trembling and so excited,” Ms. Jean said. “It is unbelievable: a giant called me and it’s David and Goliath.”
All her life, her Italian-Haitian blood had made her feel an outsider. But now, her colorful clothes, mixing prints bold and original with Italian craftsmanship and the exceptional handwork of West African women, have brought her awards and attention from both Alta Moda in Rome and Pitti Immagine in Florence. . .”
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