Stella Carakasi, located in Berkeley, Ca. is not only a store, it is a person. The person behind the name is a visionary in so many ways. If you take a look at her clothing; the nips and tucks, the draping, the flow of the fabric, and the quality of the fabric, and you see the same piece on two different women you will know you are looking at the work of a genius. Following along with her visionary talents, is a visionary future that does not define woman by her age, her size, or even hair color. On Friday, June 3, Stella had a fashion show in her factory with sewing machines and fabric samples and tons of clothing lying around. It wasn’t just that it was in her factory either. Stella had women of all ages from 17-63. The 63 year old would be me. Furthermore, not everyone was a size 0 or 2, but sizes also ran the gamut. Today’s “Fashion” seems to have lost it’s sense of Style. Or maybe one can consider a mish- mosh of different fabrics of mediocre quality and little coherence, to be fashion!! The two 17 year old young ladies really rocked their looks, and after the show, they both felt like Cinderella. You could just see it in their eyes.
As a perfect example of ageless chic, below you will see the exact same dress on a real woman of a “certain age”, and how it looks on her. Both of these models look terrific and this is truly what is called “Ageless Chic”
This is the perfect LBD for a hot summer night. The fabric is paper thin and almost weightless. You can either dress this up or dress this down. Here, in black it is very sophisticated and very slenderizing. Three isn’t one female over the age of 17 that could NOT wear this dress. Once again, you will see the versatility of Stella’s design technique when you compare this above dress with the dress I am wearing below. Mine is a lovely oatmeal/gray that you can wear just about anywhere, but belted, it has an entirely different look. My look is a bit more casual. But again, without the belt, dress it up or down.
Finally, this dress below was a show stopper with the turquoise scarf. The charcoal color is also a really pleasant switch from the LBD. The possibility of wearing it with brighter colors is much more feasible and fun for summer. It may be hard to tell from this photo, but the lines of the dress are so fluid and feminine, it is another example of Stella’s genius ability to drape fabrics in such a fantastic manner. Lastly, all of the models want to thank Yarra, the stylist extraordinaire!! Her talent with color and style, made all of the models look their best and highlight Stella’s genius!