resort 600x800300dpi-resort-cropCall it Cruise, call it Resort, we call it a vacation from the dark days of winter. And even when you cannot call it quits to the cold outside and land yourself on a beach in some tropical paradise with a beach boy fanning your tanned body… you can liven up your mood, your wardrobe, and your look by adding colors that make you feel like the bombshell that you are.

The color trend to try for 2016 is Batik. Referred to as Blue Hydrangea, Ocean, or simply Blue. Why we love it? Think about denim. Yes, that favorite pair of jeans or denim jacket. Why does denim work with just about everything? Because it’s really a neutral. Batik works exactly the same way – effortlessly working with so many other colors.

Explore why we are bonkers for blue this season!


Resort finds Stella in a relaxed mood influenced by a combination of the timeless and updated cool.








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The Color Trend You Need To Know in 2016

The color trend to try for 2016 is Batik. Referred to as Blue Hydrangea, Ocean, or simply Blue.


BLACK is the New Black


The one and only Definitive Coat. Investment piece, or just plain gotta have it style!

Other colors come and go, black is for every season, so pick a quality statement piece.


Try the Touchdown Tunic over the Finesse Skirt for drama and mystery.

Combination fabrics or patterned jacquard add interest to a head-to-toe black look. But the style is still all about you.

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Black is the go-to color that goes everywhere. It works with all your outfits. Black adds drama and mystery. It can be dressed up or down, or worn head to toe.

The Wanderlust Jacket is both basic and statement. Worn with the Everywhere Top and Heritage Pants. Take the Everywhere Top to a dressed up look, paired with the Reset Skirt.


Live Webcast: Work Your Wardrobe


Stella’s designs are not about age, body type, or even a specific lifestyle.  Stella designs to celebrate YOU – exactly as you are – knowing that style can bring out what is perfect, beautiful and unique in you.  Whether you feel you have the perfect body or you’re like most women – and have parts of your body that you’d like to change – it’s Stella’s commitment that you feel confident and beautiful in everything you choose to wear!

Just as we design with you in mind, we are continually thinking of new ways that we can empower you – and we are super excited to share what we have coming up soon!

We are hosting our first ever online, live-event – and it’s all about educating you to work your wardrobe and discover what to buy to look and feel your best.

Stella-on-the-runwayWe’ll have some of our very own customers as models to demonstrate three keys to dressing your best.  Once you understand these, and how to apply them – which we’ll be teaching during the live event – you’ll not only know what to do with so many of those pieces already in your closet, but you’ll be empowered to shop, for Stella and other brands, and maintain your personal style.

During the event we’ll talk about:

  • How to create an outfit that feels as fabulous as your current favorite – and not just by accident
  • Why the size label on your clothes often guides you to choose your least flattering option, and what to use as your guide instead
  • How to update your wardrobe for the season without breaking the bank


Make sure you join us for this free event:

Work Your Wardrobe | Designer Secrets to Figure-Flattering Looks at Any Age

Reserve Your Free Seat


Runway Report: Outerwear + Spring Sneak Peek

Stella Carakasi showed her Fall/Winter 2015 and glimpses of her Spring/Summer 2016 collections at San Francisco Fashion Week™ 2015. The sold-out event was received by a sparkling crowd of Bay Area fashion enthusiasts.

The vibe on the runway from Stella was put-together polish, mixed with unique fabric combinations and architectural silhouettes. Models and onlookers gushed, “I want to take this home, NOW.”

The word INTENTION has been a large part of Stella’s design process. Stella reflects, “The collection is a result from an extensive study of the various, realistic female shapes. It is not about age, nor about body type but instead we celebrate what is and accept it as perfect, beautiful and unique. The designs are a result of the profound love for experimentation with exclusive materials, often realized in natural and organic fibers with the soft hued colors of nature. This collection is aimed at those who love freedom, self-expression and who are not afraid of breaking preconceived molds.”


The Pragmatic Vest modeled at San Francisco Fashion Week.


The Notorious Sweater shines on the runway.


Classic beauty. The Envelop Yourself Coat over the Signify Sweater shows how the black & white trend is done.


The Much Ado Vest looked striking on the runway.


Stella Carakasi (shown above) shows her designs at San Francisco Fashion Week. Images by: Claudia Alexandra Nuta @ for #SFFAMA

Special thanks to San Francisco Fashion WeekDZine and photographer Claudia Alexandra Nuta.

[ Images by: Claudia Alexandra Nuta @ for #SFFAMA @ | © 2015 All Rights Reserved ]

How To Dress For Day To Night: Black and White is the Solution

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The Signify Sweater with the Finesse Skirt creates a classic go-anywhere look.

We love black and white. There’s something reassuring about clean and simple, black and white. The modern, cool look smacks of self-confidence, and a black or white statement piece automatically takes your style to the next level. Make it do double-duty by wearing it to work and then out on date night with these three tips.

3 Tips to transform your look from Day to Night

  1. Work It: For day, double up sheer layers to create a more classic look for the office.
  2. Night Attraction: Subtract outer layers and add jewelry to amp up your look for evening.
  3. Fancy Footwork: Don’t forget the shoes! Transform your day look to a night look instantly with your footwear. For evening, try a shoe in glossy black or neutral metallics to play off of your monochromatic clothing.
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One part mysterious and one part sensual. The Take Note Vest pairs perfectly over the Sheer Thing Top.

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Clearly pulled together. The Far and Away Coat adds instant polish to any outfit.


Instant classic. A monochromatic top and the Finesse Skirt set the stage for an ultra lux look that goes from day to night.


Pull it together. The Much Ado Vest can pull many outfits together. Wear over black (as pictured here), over the Touchdown Tunic. This look also translates well with jeans for a laid-back lux approach.

Try a combination that creates instant wow – a pared-down palette with ultra lux details. Working the monochrome look is easy. There’s no worry of wearing colors that don’t compliment each other. Black and white make the perfect partnership.


How To Pull Off The Oversized Sweater Look


The points of the sweater paired with the Slimming Ankle Pants balance the silhouette, and make the waist appear smaller.

Did someone say sweater weather? Yes please! We’re thinking cable knit details, soft cashmere, and ponchos. We love the oversized sweater look for fall. Nearly every body type can pull off this fashionable and cozy look.

4 tips for picking the perfect oversized sweater this fall

1. Get to the point: Choosing a sweater with points will create drama and the illusion of a smaller waist.
2. Build height: An asymmetrical hem elongates the body to appear taller and leaner.
3. The Bottom Line: The bigger your sweater, the leaner the pant leg. We want contrast. Try a ponte leggingSlimming Ankle Pants, or try a superstretch pant like the Define Yourself Ankle Pants.
4. Try A Trend: The poncho is a dramatic and trendy look this season. Use it as a fun way to keep this look fresh.


How To Create the “Layered Look” Effect

Layering is an easy way to create a modern, fun and casually chic look. Here’s 5 layering tips and some suggested styles that will have you creating new looks with ease.

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We love this effortless look. Stella has a way with romancing well-made non-trendy staples. For fall, the scale reads modern and chic but with a relaxed mood. We hope you love Stella’s take on the layered look.

Layering tips:

1. Start the first layer with a lightweight style that has a tighter fit than the piece you will be layering over it. We suggest the Agenda Tunic as a first layer.

2. Layer in one color. Tone on tone instantly looks rich.

3. Play with shorter layers over longer layers. This instantly elongates your figure and balances proportions.

4. Save texture and statements for your outer layers and accessories. Have fun with outer layers that provide the final touch of interest for your outfit, whether you choose to go minimal or lux.

5. Keep your waist flat. You want to layer on top of a smooth foundation. Avoid pants with belt loops and bunches. Instead try an invisible waist, such as Stella’s Define Yourself Ankle Pants.

Take It Easy Sweater
A minimalist layered look. Take It Easy Sweater with 24/7 Tank and Define Yourself Ankle Pants.

Flawless Cardigan, New Wave SkirtLayered lux look: Flawless Cardigan with Sheer Thing Top and New Wave Skirt.