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.








Collections, Design, Fashion, stella carakasi, Women's Fashion

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.


With the Autumnal Equinox behind us, many are finally accepting that Fall is here. Wondering how to prepare your wardrobe for this season? How about some great fitting pull-on jeans by JAG? Pull-ons? Really?

New Arrivals to the Stella Studio:  JAG Jeans in Sizes 0-14

Really. The pull-on style creates an invisible waist, great for pairing with one of the many tops or tunics that Stella Carakasi offers in her Fall 2013 Collection. Grab these styles from the Stella Studio now, because they won’t last long once the word is out!


Signature Top in Dove + JAG Jeans Nora Skinny in After Midnight

And, did you know that we offer complimentary hemming on full-price clothing? For sale clothing, hemming is only $7 for tops and $8 for bottoms and dresses.

For denim, we recommend washing your jeans first, then returning for the complimentary hemming. This way, you will get the exact length desired. Also, be sure to bring in the shoes you’ll be wearing with your new jeans – this makes all the difference!


And by the way, there are new arrivals in the Stella Studio today. So, please stop by to start the season off with some flattering Fall styles!

~ Yarra

Collections, Fall Collection, Fashion, Outfits, Stella Studio

Pull-on Jeans?


I’ve spent most of my career in corporate where language usage is direct and simple. Not simple like stupid, simple like globally understandable. For example, if I were to describe our signature tee, the Sure Thing Tee, I would talk about it in the following manner: “A long, comfortable t-shirt with long sleeves and a rounded collar with room for the hips.”

Now at Stella, I feel compelled to use more romantic language, simply because I’m inspired by the way our customers experience our clothing. Our Stella women are sensual beings who take the world in through all senses. So, I’ll try to do the same when describing our newest items in the first Fall delivery below. Ok, here goes…

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The first thing that tickles my fancy are our mesh combination tops. The print reminds me of a sun-dappled picnic under the redwood shade after a late summer hike. Vibrant colors of spicy coriander, tuscan rose, jade and a rich forest hue delight. I am particularly drawn to the mixture of fabrics and textures — mesh overlays with jersey, asymmetrical interest, collars and cuffs knitted to shape. One really appreciates the artistry.

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Our comfy jersey items are pure Stella essentials. With masterful draping in just the right places, these pieces accentuate the positives of every woman’s curves. We’ve elaborated on our signature house favorites, the Sure Thing Tee and Incomparable Pants, to more silhouettes that suit your shape and style. In tuscan rose, ivory, shadow and dakota, these are work week and weekend favorites that last (and don’t pill!)

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Rayon voile, light and airy, breezy and blousy. Available in dakota brown, these are scene-stealing tops or over-top tops with a flirty sheer, oh my!

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Ah, for the sweater lovers: short shrugs, long sweaters, cardigans with peek-a-boos; sweaters that cover the shoulders and the derriere with an asymmetrical flair. These lightweight knits are perfect cover ups to warm up cool days and long nights.

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And there is leather, too! Simply cropped, this little number is slightly distressed and full of statement. In cool jade, this jacket perks up the layered look with contrast that keeps on rocking.

So, what do you think? My husband says I’m not the most romantic being on the planet, so do let me know if I’ve failed to get you going! Better yet, head into your local boutique to get intimate with the pieces. After all, there’s nothing better than a touch and a feel 🙂

And while you are at it, be sure to check out the hottest SALE of the summer this Labor Day Weekend online and in the Stella Studio!

Happy shopping!!


Collections, Fall Collection, Fashion

Romancing Fall


Vivian here wondering if you are wondering what the Stella Studio concept is all about? Here are a few answers and a few more photos of today’s progress!

Because the Stella Studio is adjacent to the Stella Carakasi Design House, we thought it would be fun to create a new concept that was a store, but also a gathering place for the community that gave our customers access to our creative process.

What does that mean? Think about it as an art studio. We have our finished work to showcase and purchase, but we also invite folks to preview the next collection as well as our works in progress. Have an appetizer and a drink, and tell us what you think. And, you can always explore in the back room for some delightful treasures.

So, Stella Studio = current Stella Carakasi collection + previews of the next collection + sample sales & trunk shows + discounted items in the outlet in the back. We’re also planning some fun events for local customers such as having Stella talk about design inspiration, style sessions with our stylists, and fundraisers for community organizations.

Of course, we’ll share this all online for our wider community (including our outlet items… more on this later 🙂 So here’s where we are so far…

Day Two: Tuesday, July 23rd

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Holy, moly we are rockin’ and rollin’! Walls are getting plastered, beams are getting painted. The more orange/yellow that gets covered up, the more we see the potential of this transformation.

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Our new color palette includes neutrals with a color pop, which is in line with our color philosophy for our clothing. You’ll see play with shades of gray; contemporary, clean and modern with a little edge. Think cool canvas that comes alive!

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At the end of the day, there is still more work to be done and more decisions to be made. We measure material, mark off walls for shelves, and obsess about every little detail that goes into creating a great store experience.

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Stella in the Stella Studio at the end of the day. No more coffee in the coffee pot!

Until tomorrow…

Stella Studio

What is the Stella Studio?


Style Lab: Tunics for a Petite Frame.

As a petite woman, you are often told to avoid a top that was longer than the top of your hips.  But with the fall styles trending toward longer silhouettes in tops, what is a short gal to do?   This season we are featuring some fabulous long tunics that will compliment the petite frame with a few key style tips.

Tiburon Tunic in Black by Stella Carakasi $108.00, Necklace by Kareen Sultan $88.00, Pants by Jag Jeans $58.00, Obi Black belt by Ada $70.00.