Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean gave spectators a taste of La Paz, Bolivia, at the showcase of her SS18 collection, as one of the closing acts of MFW. Bolivia’s Las Cholitas Luchadoras – a group a female wrestlers who were long discriminated against, not only because of the colours of their skin, but also the vibrant colours of their extravagant dresses — were who Jean drew inspiration from. She was amused not only by their clothing, but their act of strength and persistence. The show was indeed an act of liberation, and a celebration of culture, as she presented the collection with a very diverse selection of models in a variety of multi-coloured articles of clothing adapted, as her take on this unique group of women.
Photography & words / Jordan Anderson