Step inside Stella Jean's opulent Italian home in our #FashionIssue | Photographs: Helenio Barbetta / Living Inside

In our New Luxury issue, we take you into the home space of Italian fashion designer Stella Jean. For someone so exquisitely vibrant, multi-faceted and dynamic, it’s no surprise that her striking home is an exuberant reflection of her heritage, as are her fashion collections.

Buy the #FashionIssue on shelf now for the full fascinating exclusive interview with Stella on how her fashion sense translates into her home. But in the meantime, here’s a little taster…

photographs Helenio Barbetta / Living Inside
Photographs: Helenio Barbetta / Living Inside
How does your fashion sense translate into your home?

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.

Fashion gave me ample space to manoeuvre and find a place where both of these cultures could coexist. This weak point became both a strength and a fresh start.

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”.

photographs Helenio Barbetta / Living Inside
Photographs: Helenio Barbetta / Living Inside

Style, in both fashion and decor, can be used as a cultural translator.

Stella Jean Woman FW 2015 Fashion show
Stella Jean Woman A/W 2015 collection on the runway

The link between fashion and decor lies in communication and willingness to tell stories.

photographs Helenio Barbetta / Living Inside
Photographs: Helenio Barbetta / Living Inside

Fashion can re-establish the balance between symbols, stories and different worlds through style.

Stella Jean SS 2015 lookbook
Stella Jean S/S 2015 lookbook

I’m trying to promote not just a way of dressing, but a way of living.

To view the full collections, visit stellajean.it. To read the full story, pick up a copy of our #FashionIssue.


ELLE Decoration Fashion Issue

The Fashion Issue edition of ELLE Decoration South Africa is on the shelf of your nearest magazine retailer now. Packed with fashion-forward interiors trends, it’s full of all your favourite features, decor tips and the stylish spaces of Jessica Alba, Malcolm Kluk and Stella Jean. Pick up your copy today – across South Africa wherever magazines are sold – and tell us what you think on Twitter @ELLE_Deco, sharing your #FashionIssue #DECOselfie.