How do you pick the perfect lightweight jacket? At Stella Carakasi we are busy dreaming up key styles that can be worn year-round, in the office, or as throw-on-and-go travel essentials. Are you on the endless hunt for the perfect jacket?


Go To Style JacketThe Go To Style Jacket. Need we say more? Constructed from hemp/tencel®, this all-season basic, is soft and rich to the touch. Why we love it: it’s lightweight and easy to layer from winter to summer, it goes with anything, and it’s asymmetrical styling sets it apart from other trench coats.
Style to Spare JacketThe Style to Spare Jacket, made from metal sateen, has a soft luster. It’s also waterproof, travel-friendly, and a notch above the crowd. We love the balance of the feminine fitted jacket with the on-trend of a motorcycle jacket. This little number is a keeper!
Made For Me JacketWearing this jacket you will know why we call it the Made For Me Jacket. Diagonal pin-tucks framed by zipper trim are the unexpected details that make this style distinctive. This is an easy to throw-on style available in a variety of neutral washes to complement your outfits from season-to-season.
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How To Pick the Perfect Lightweight Jacket

How do you pick the perfect lightweight jacket? At Stella Carakasi we are busy dreaming up key styles that can be worn year-round, in the office, or as throw-on-and-go travel essentials. Are you on the endless hunt for the perfect jacket?


Top 5 Outerwear Looks For Winter

outerwear-600x600.jpgOuterwear is a particular highlight as we move into winter. Noteworthy styles with treatments in boiled wool, rich deep reds, and a stunning powder blue to black Ombre highlight the uniqueness of this category. The cocooning comfort of the Wrap Up Coat is on trend. The overwhelming impression, though, is one of a new softness, and a heightened understanding of what might feel good to a woman to wear.

A special fusion of creativity, craftsmanship, and intelligence go into creating such fine attention to detail that these pieces could easily be worn inside out. In the end, the big takeaway:

There is grace and beauty to be found in comfort.


Five Perfect Coats for the Season

Coats are to winter what dresses are to summer – a.k.a. the most essential part of your wardrobe. That means you should have more than one! So we’re bringing you 5 of the best styles to keep you warm (and looking cool) all season long.

From more structured versions, to softer ones with fabric to spare, these picks will keep you on point all season.

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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.

Epitome of Style Sweater, Agenda Tunic
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.


We’ve had so much fun participating in San Francisco Fashion Week this year. This weeklong event truly represents what is unique about the SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley. It has been wonderful to meet so many creative people that are challenging the status quo, taking risks, and living their dreams out loud!


“We love being an SF Bay Area company. This is a special place where creativity, fashion, technology and entrepreneurialism come together in a unique way. We are proud to support SFFAMA to bring greater visibility to the creative and emerging talents here,” says Stella.


Stella and Steven looked awesome at the Opening Night Reception at Mercer in SOMA. Our posse also included Emily, Yarra, Vivian, Jeff, Brandon, too! It was lovely just spending time together, laughing and taking in the SF fashion scene! Check out our Facebook for more photos from the week.


We love the spirit of community, freedom and expression that SFFW contributes to the fashion stratosphere. Looking forward to Sunday when Stella will be presenting her Fall 2014 Ready to Wear Collection on the runway! Join us if you’re in town!

San Francisco Fashion Week ® ‘FROM STREET TO RUNWAY’ #SFFW14


San Francisco Fashion Week – Celebrate Local!


[Designer’s Notebook: Color Workshop – Classics]

Start the season right with classic colors from Stella Carakasi. Recharge your basic blacks and introduce softness with winter whites. Find your staples for the upcoming months!takenote-eyefordetail

Travertine is a classic neutral – grey with a touch of limestone – shown left as the Take Note Vest. This chameleon-like color can mix it up with black and white for a clean modern look, or can be pared back with earthy neutrals and deep autumn tones for year-round appeal. Neutrals like travertine are seasonless; it should be a classic color in every woman’s wardrobe — and is as important as black or white. A light neutral like travertine makes a great base layer and turns an ordinary jacket into a statement piece.

Black is intriguing, mysterious and radiates confidence. Black implies self-control, independence and a strong will. In the Eye For Detail Jacket, black is sophisticated and elegant. Layers of black allow you to play with texture. A great base layer like the Slimming Ankle Zip Pants can be accessorized with rich fall colors, neutrals and metallics. Black is the most popular fashion color and continues to be an important staple in every woman’s closet. It’s the ultimate fashion color that will never go out of style.

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Designer’s Notebook: Color Workshop – Classics

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Designer’s Notebook: Color Story for Early Fall

[Designer’s Notebook: Color Workshop for Early Fall]

For fall, Stella presents a line up of rich neutrals that have an old world aesthetic. Neutrals are complemented by fresh bamboo, bittersweet and cameo, then harmonized by a vivid, watercolor mesh print.


Lovely Layers Top


From left to right – Tops in Ivory, Storm & Bittersweet

Ivory, that warm white keeps everything on the lighter side… Gives the moody colors an elegant sophistication and keeps light neutrals on the natural side of the light spectrum.

Storm, now that’s a mysterious color – like watching clouds that are starting to gather -shades of grey washed in blue. It’s neutral camouflage-like appeal looks great on almost everyone. Storm is a great compliment to rich dark colors, white and earthy neutrals. You can’t miss with this cool “non-color.”

Bittersweet (think chocolate) is beautiful and rich. For fall, we chose the most luxurious shade and washed it in deep burgundy! Soothing and sophisticated, this color is a great kick off for the fall with staying power all season long.

And Mojave – brings the laid back luxe of the world traveler, whose neutrals always look stylish.


Cameo is soft and striking. It is a blush of color that is not overpowering. Its subtle mixture of terra-cotta and autumn sunrise brings a fresh perspective to start fall. Discover the color for fall that will make the shorter days vibrant and warm.


[Designer’s Notebook: Color Workshop Featuring Cameo]


Fresh Take on Fall. Wrap Up Cardigan over Nonchalant Tunic and Define Yourself Ankle Pants (in Cameo).

Cameo… flesh, nude…Somewhere between terra cotta and sandalwood. Is it even a color? In a way- It’s a bit revealing. Is it a neutral? Actually , yes, it’s the ultimate neutral. Less about color, more about attitude. Back to shades of grey, black or stark white. Cameo doesn’t crumble under these classic neutrals. This color takes charge. Layers of cameo are stunning. It lights up a room and makes you feel fabulous, effortlessly.


Fresh Take for Fall: Unexpected Color Cameo

Cameo presents a fresh take for fall. For an easy going approach to wardrobe building, start with layering the Nonchalant Tunic  (in Cameo) over the Shadow Play Pant (in Mojave) for a look that will take you from late summer to fall with ease. Later in the season add the Define Yourself Ankle Pants (in Cameo) under the Nonchalant Tunic and the On the Go Jacket (in Mojave).


Turn Up the Volume!

This unexpected color softens fall blacks and the seasons traditionally dark palette. Highlight the architectural Volume Control Sweater (in Cameo) over our best selling Incomparable Ankle Pants (in Black). The stunning drape of both items brings wearable drama to any occasion.

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Designer’s Notebook: Color Workshop Featuring Cameo