March 24, 2012

RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Stephan Caras First Fashion Show in Paris 5th March

Stephan Caras’ fashion vision is always consistent with femininity and classy sensuality. The look and shape of his collections are inspired by a woman’s natural femininity. Well tailored silhouettes, luxurious fabrics, unique eye for detail, and his ability to masterfully drape fabrics, Stephan creates timeless wearable art, and “feminine sensuality” defines it.
Stephan Caras Design Inc., and World Headquarters, is located in a magnificent historic heritage building in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada.
Elegance and luxury define the collections that Stephan Caras creates. Evening gowns, dresses, suits, designer jeans, and tops, define the signature pieces. Stephan Caras designs for the self assured woman of today with a target market for ladies in the ages between 25-45.

Throughout the years, Stephan Caras has been invited to various international fashion events. He has shown his collections in, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Osaka, Hong Kong, Athens, Toronto, and was featured at the finale of the "Igedo" opening Gala fashion show in Dusseldorf, Germany. In some of these events, Stephan Caras has shared the stage with Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Zandra Rhohdes, Isaac Mizrahi, and Donna Karan.
Stephan Caras is currently interested to enter the European market. His European background and his love for femininity, combined with his international experience in design makes him a unique alternative. This has rightfully earned him the title of “The Designer Who Loves Women”.

Recently, Stephan Caras had the opportunity to present his fall/winter and spring/summer collections in Europe, which were met with great enthusiasm. His presentation has sparked interested from both buyers and many international outlets from around the world. As a result, Stephan Caras has been invited to participate in fashion week presentations in New York, Athens, Cyprus, Luxembourg, and Miami.

For all my collections, inspiration comes from the femininity that women exude. I respect and admire this quality. My objective is always the same: how to translate and materialize this femininity into something that any woman can wear, and express this at her best. I never pre-determine the look or the shape of my collection. I am not influenced by trends and I like to express my individuality through a woman’s natural femininity. I let my imagination take me down the path of creativity. I build my collections as I draw from this inspiration, and “feminine sensuality” defines it.

Colours are very personal. We should not feel compelled to wear a particular colour because it is thecurrent trend. We should choose colours that work best with each individual’s complexity. Our skin, hair, and eye colour, as well as our personality, should be in harmony with whatever colour(s) we choose. Black seems to work well with most people. It is timeless and appropriate for most occasions. However, we cannot wear everything in black. I use black as a base for my collections, but always in combination with other interesting and timeless colours. I am not afraid to use the
most unusual colour or texture combinations, but I always ensure that there is a harmony between them. A well-balanced colour representation that is feminine is key to me.

Stephan Caras’ odyssey has taken him on a journey throughout five different continents, where he has developed an international vision for design. This vision, coupled with his experience, establishes a new standard of elegance for women within his designs that are masterfully draped, well tailored, and that emphasize femininity and luxury. Stephan Caras designs for the self assured woman of today. Her subtle sensuality and feminine simplicity are never out of mind. Stephan Caras has rightfully earned the title of "The Designer Who Loves Women"!

November 12, 2011

RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Pret-a-porter Spring Summer 2012 Parisian Fashion Week


Paris printed Spring Summer 2012 into bold daring colors and blooms. Splendid organic lines, graphic images and bright palettes flourish in silhouettes of new Pret-a-porter collections. Tropical floating faeries of Marcel Marongiu, giant floral prints from Mediterranean of Leonard, rainbows and flower-head birds of Issey Miyake, metallic sparks of Paco Rabanne – wonderful heaven for every woman who finally can wrap herself in all kind of lights and colorful clouds.

on photos from left to right:
Fashion Editor of Moon One TV Franck Clere.
Presentation of Casaire Paciotti in Plaza Anthenee
Two street shoots

New season is the return of femininity: from floral patterns to elegant silhouettes, this season is all about playing up your feminine features. The runways have been littered with flapper-inspired pieces, complete with fringed embellishments and drop waists. Floating silhouettes with floor length skirts, silk taffeta and layers galore marks the return of bright dreams of happiness from over the rainbow. It’s all about rich tribal patterns and ethnic shapes. Texture is always important in tribal. Mixing it up with wood, metallic and feathered items for real depth.

On Photos from left to right:
Fashion Editor of Japanese Vogue magazine Anna Dello Russo
Top Model Anja Rubik

How deep could it be? - wondering Fashionista and without second thought jumping after that White Fop with pocket watch. She still sees him checking every minute before it all starts – the twister of colors and forms. Let's see what would we have here?!
Literally lighting up woman of Paco Rabanne is a product of high-tech luxury, mix of contemporary art and organic forms. Fiber optics light up clothes from the inside, and in shades such as organic teal, antique gold and fiery red, the use of iridescent silks, graphic moire effects, degrade mesh, and numerous special “metallic” fabrics provide lustrous effect for every move. Manish Arora – new designer of house, experimented with futuristic forms not only for collection of Paco Rabanne but for his own. He takes us along an exiting journey of iridescent and florescent infusions, full of breathtaking energies amalgamated with 3-d wire work, embroideries reminiscent of swish feathers, painted in “nude” colors.

Another fascination expedition for Fashionista to the contemporary space where Humpty Dumpty grows to the size of Galaxy – is new collection of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac “Rustica Galactica”. In this temporal space trip the past sophistication turns into future rusticity. Lie Sang Bong created his universe out of Dancheong – the art of decorative colors painted on wooden buildings and artifacts. Neon dresses and masks give a kaleidoscopic display under lightning of peacock's feathers. The organic movement and the feeling of neon color permeated into the clothes. Another designer who created her universe out of Art Deco images, Fatima Lopez presented her space of Egyptian figurines, incongruous mixes of architecture and paradoxical designs.

Life in “Dodo colors” - is a wonderful discovery of new paradise of Yoshiyuki Miyamae. In his first collection for Issey Miyake designer created beautiful world of innocent wonder birds waiting for the comfits, reflecting their desires all around – in colors, fabrics, jumpsuits and dresses billow with movements. Steffie Christianens delicately twisted these colorful birds into magnetic forces of nature and turned them into the flowers. Futuristic images are floating from one collection to another. Unresistant attraction of tropical island is new addiction of Paule Ka designer Serge Cajfinger.

In the world of prodigious blooming flowers Veronique Leroy for Leonard exposed her imagination like never before – pastel hued with dynamic cuts and forms reflect petals, that are about to unfold and reveal their inner beauty. Tropical turquoise and red prints of Emmanuel Ungaro on jersey dresses energize this paradise, symbolize open communication and clarity of thoughts. Clarity of prints in new collection of Marcel Marongiu for Guy Laroche creates an image of unearthly floating being. Precision-tailored leather pieces, including a Tyrolean grey skirts and grey silk dresses, that curling around the waist and running down the legs, are beautiful reminders of Shangri-la's waterfalls.

Andrew Gn advises to his Fashionista to make a jump from magical paradise to simplicity of Queen of Hearts Croquet Garden. Who she's able to meet there? Of course the Royal guards of AF Vandevorst, all plume tight, and pink flamingos of Louis Buchinho. There's also painted pink white roses of Costume National, dancing quadrille creatures of Agnes B, and royal retinue dressed by Alexis Mabille.

But the most exiting part of the adventure when it all tosses and turns into magic extravaganza of Chanel, John Galliano, Hakaan and Elie Saab collections. Elie Saab dipped all his garments into illuminated bold colors: cape-sleeved chiffon dresses, deep purple-blue pantsuits, sensual pleated tops and lace layering skirts. It's all started in white, and then it all happened again in English mustard yellow, graduating to dusky orange, bright green, purple and finally blue.

At Chanel we found ourselves wandering in a bleached white sea bed with giant shells, sea horses and sea weed climbing up towards the huge, glimmering shower curtain. As the twinkling harp music turned to haunting classical music and then Florence Welch took us to the world of delicate sea creatures darting out from the white in cream dresses of sea foam lace, pearlised tweed suits with full skirts and jackets cut shoulder-blade high at the back to show off pearl-studded spines, iridescent sequinned dresses falling to pale green ostrich feather skirts. This magic continued by Karl Lagerfeld in collection of Hogan.

Hakaan gave a polished look of super sleek urban clothes, some of which allowed us to imagine that he would captured Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel mermaids in his own fishing net, so naked were they beneath their mesh tops and sheer body con dresses – even their hair was still wet. When they were covered, it was in clean white tailored blazers or mesh-backed bomber jackets, tunic and tops. Another serene collection, almost as if all the showmanship we associate with Galliano had been stripped down to present the most significant elements of Old England: floral dresses and long coats.

Well our Fashionista is home now – in reals world where the long grass rustled at her feet, where she could hear the rattle of the teacups as the March Hare and his friends shared their never-ending tea-time and never ending happiness, growing day by day in great and beautiful world, unfolding in bright and daring colors.

Eleonora de Gray

Pierre-Yves Le Strat
Simon Ackerman
Christian Tarro Toma