Interviews

Designer Stephan Caras On His New Spring 2016 Collection

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Photo: Stephan Caras 

Although Toronto-based designer Stephan Caras may have been born in Greece and educated in Melbourne, Australia, he is now an established name in the Canadian fashion industry. Caras and his son, Kyriako, are known for creating their signature luxurious evening gowns and feminine frocks. At Toronto World MasterCard Fashion Week, the father and son designer duo just revealed a floral inspired collection for Spring 2016 which brought colourful blossom prints to the runway. Real Style caught up with Caras backstage about why femininity inspires his designs, his favourite fabrics and the challenges of turning Canada into an international fashion stage.

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Real Style: Describe the inspiration behind your Spring 2016 collection.

Stephan: The inspiration behind every collection that I do is always beauty and femininity. That’s where I get my inspirations from. The more I feel it, the more I feel like I am really getting better, and that’s what I want. If you do something, you want to be better and you want to always improve. You can eliminate unnecessary things, but nonetheless they create femininity, they create simplicity.

Real Style: If you had to pick a favourite piece from your new collection, what would it be?

Stephan: Do you have brothers and sisters? Would your mother pick a favourite child? *laughs* Actually, for some reason, I like the one-shouldered black and beige (dress).

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Real Style: Do you have any preferred fabric or materials that you like working with?

Stephan: I like jersey. Jersey is one of my favourite fabrics. It’s fluid, you can do anything that you like with it. You can mold it, you can drape it. You can make it look sensual, you can make it look simple.

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Real Style: What are some of the challenges of being a Canadian designer?

Stephan: I have to say this loud, because Canada is not an international fashion stage. It’s always a challenge for anybody who really wants to move forward. There is a lot of talent. Right now and in the past, I have seen a lot of talent in Canada that we eventually waste and it’s too bad. It’s just not supported as it should be, by the government, by the press, by the industry, even by the independent public. The public sometimes needs to help these new designers, support and buy their clothes. But you know, it’s a free market. That’s a challenge of being a Canadian designer.

Photos: Paul Ross for OPIQUE / Top of the Runway



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