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We can scarcely think of a better, more suited collaboration than this one steeped in colour and multiculturalism. The strongly North American influenced capsule collection designed by Stella Jean for United Colors of Benetton walks a fine line in these politically correct times, with its reworking of the concept of knitwear, one of the pillars of the Benetton brand. Stella Jean commonly takes her inspiration from tribal and other indigenous cultures, and these influences show here with her use of colourful folk-styled embellishments and Navajo-inspired fabrics on coats, sweaters and knit dresses. 

Items include a knit coat with lapel collar, a cashmere blend turtleneck with a loose fit, a cashmere blend pleated skirt with ethnic inlay and a leather keychain with multicolour print. The accessories are in part made in collaboration with a community of Haitian and Ethiopian craftsmen, standing by the philosophy – which also pertains to the brand – of crossing socio-cultural factors and restoring manufacturing traditions. 

United Colors of Benetton


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