Knowledge, confidence and creativity could be the words to describe Fashion Stylist and Designer Cristina Karekla!
Half Romanian and half Cypriot, she attributes Milan as a huge source of creative inspiration that challenges her as an artist. The journey of finding the perfect profession can start at a very early age: first as a hobby that later, supported by studies, can grow into something bigger than just pure curiosity. It means Your passion, Your work and Your future.
Cristina Karekla studied Fashion Design in Cyprus and continued with a Master at prestigious Uptodate Fashion Academy in Milan with famous Stylist Luca Stefanelli . Her drive and passion has led her to many opportunities. When she’s not busy working for her collections, one might find her styling editorials for famous magazines or commercials. Last year she styled “Ghost of the Lost Valley” editorial for Di moda magazine with the famous photographer Ekaterina Belinskaya. The shooting featured Silvia Serban SS 2014 collection. In 2014 she founded her own brand Cristina Karekla and launched her first winter collection.
Being in Romania for vacation, I took her an interview about her career and experiences in the Fashion Industry.
With this occasion I show you today a Preview of Cristina Karekla newest Summer 2015 Collection called “Young”.
1. Tell me something about yourself and your career so far… How did you become a Fashion Stylist and after a Fashion Designer?
Well, I will answer with your last question. To become a Fashion Designer it was my dream since I was a little child and I started to study Fashion like fifteen years ago.
My decision about fashion stylist it just happened. I once traveled in Milan and I get so fascinated about the fashion people walking on the streets and their style, about their window shops arrangement…how fashion “smells” in Milan. So I decided to become one of them and to be part of this Milanese Fashion World .
2. What do you love the most about your job? And what do you like the most, being a stylist or a Fashion Designer?
Fashion Shows in Milan are always fascinating me with their good styling and of course good quality.
I like the fact that fashion stylist and fashion designer are two different jobs, but at the end of the day is all about fashion again.
3. What was one of the biggest challenges you had to overcome as a stylist? What was the most favorite photo shoot you worked on?
Having around me professionals and working with them every single day until late, was an easy way for me to learn and the only path I could choose for my life.
My favorite editorial shooting and the hardest one was for Harper’s Bazaar China in 2011. The location was in Saint Tropez. I was so ill for 3/4 days, having 40 degrees fever in a heavy snowing February. But the results were great so that was the most important for everyone.
4. How would you describe your personal style?
Everybody says that my style is unique. I like modern & chic, but everything with limits.
5. What is your favorite item in your wardrobe and why?
I have more than one favorite item in my wardrobe but I can tell what I’m using more often. Of course my black leather jacket, I never leave home without it! 🙂 And a black satin dress (brands that I’m wearing I would like to keep it in private).
6. Your Fashion Brand has a very unique concept…can you tell us a bit more about it?
My new collection has a sporty vibe and I feel it on my skin, you should try it :). I want all women who choose to wear my clothes to feel the same I do: comfortable, confident, unique & chic.
7. Where did you find inspiration for your collections? What is your favorite designer?
As all designers are inspiring themselves from beautiful things that happened around them. It can be an object, a building, a trip, a person as a muse or even things from nature. I appreciate the old fashion designers who have left a history behind their work. We already know them. My favorite one is Alexander McQueen.
8. What do you find more difficult in your job?
I love my job so for me is very easy now. I don’t find difficulties anymore and everything comes naturally especially when you are well organized and work with professional people.
9. What advice would you give to women about Fashion and Style?
Women should know very well themselves and love their own person. They should give love and kindness around them. This way they will become more beautiful.
Now about fashion: please stay naturally and don’t push or add things or stuffs on your daily look or outfits that it doesn’t suit or match with what are you wearing. When you are not sure about something it’s better to keep it simple and clean.
10. What advice would you give to aspiring talents who is working to establish themselves in the fashion industry?
Young talented people who wants to try this fashion world they need to study very hard at the beginning and to understand their position in it and then to decide what to do. It’s necessary to know the history of fashion, to understand every single step you take inside this world. Curiosity and an open mind are crucial. Also, a lot of love for the industry is required. And last but not least – be really creative in what you do…Choose the right place to be with the right people. Work hard and expect less! Never give up your dreams in life! You need to try it at least once.
In the end let us know where people can find more about Cristina Karekla work… where they can shop your collections?
Everyone can Google my name… there are many pictures from my editorials and commercials.
You can see my collection and shop online at:
The Summer collection is coming in a few days. I hope one day to see my collection on stage in Shanghai. 🙂
Thank you Alina!
Good luck and be successful!
Make Up & Hair Styling: Camelia Nastu