Greta Constantine showed a Blinged Out, Colorful Collection, with eye catching gold, silver, blues, and blacks, fabrics of sheer sequin and knit ribbing. This collection certainly woke up New York Fashion Week. What a breath of Fresh Air.
ABOUT GRETA CONSTANTINE – SPRING SUMMER 2018
Sequins and high-octane hues characterized the designers’ creations for the season. Second-skin sequins, in rose, sea blue, gold, silver, and black. Boyfriend tuxedo pants, track suits, and 80-s glam are ever-present. A sequin patchwork mini with gathered sheer sequin and tulle floor-length panel livens the nightscape courtesy of its sharp lines. Angular references appear also in a sequined jumpsuit whose severe proportions evoke a nod to Grace Jones. By contrast, a chain-linked gold-and-silver jumpsuit over tops black jersey is brash in its pattern but louche in silhouette. Classic baseball jackets, a sportswear staple, become anything but as flashes of sequins envelope black-and-white knit ribbing. Elsewhere, gathered strips of tulle afford a graphic feel to the asymmetrical hemline of a V-neck sheath and the sleeve of a one-shoulder mini.
CAFA 2016 Womenswear Designer of the Year winner Greta Constantine is an accessible luxury line of ready-to-wear womenswear based in Toronto, Canada. Designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, considered the “jersey boys of Toronto,” have rapidly accumulated a clientele comprised of international socialites and celebrities alike. The label itself is derived from the combination of the name of Stephen’s mother, Greta, with that of Kirk’s grandfather, Constantine. The pair works together in their Toronto area studio — conceptualizing, exploring, and challenging the fashions of today for the women of tomorrow.
The inevitable product of their focus on the female form is design emboldened by sexuality. Yet sexuality and femininity more generally, are socially constructed in a dichotomous manner: ladylike or seductive; prim and pretty or body-skimming and revealing. However, for Pickersgill and Wong, these dichotomies mustn’t be treated as mutually exclusive properties. In the elegantly seductive world of Greta Constantine, it’s not surprising to see a backless top paired with a flared, midi-length skirt or a boxy, ruffle hem sleeveless dress that barely grazes mid-thigh in a shade of salmon, no less. And while the dresses themselves may be constricting to the female form, there’s something truly freeing about wearing a piece that is equal parts matron and vixen. After all, sometimes you just want to be both.
Celebrity fans of Greta Constantine include: TARJI P. HENSON, JESSICA BIEL, KARLIE KLOSS, OLIVIA WILDE, MARY J. BLIGE, RITA ORA, MILEY CYRUS, LANA DEL REY, COCO ROCHA, LEIGH LEZARK, YARA SHAHIDI, MICHELLE MONAGHAN, ALLISON WILLIAMS, ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO, GRACE MAHARY, ERIN MORIARTY, LESLIE MANN, FRIEDA PINTO, TATIANA MASLANY, NICOLE RICHIE, and more. Greta Constantine has graced the pages of British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Essence, Fashion Magazine, Flare Magazine, Glamour, InStyle, Marie Claire, Maxim Magazine, Us Weekly, WWD, and more…
Greta Constantine is currently at the following retailers; Lord & Taylor, Kleinfeld, Etoile La Boutique, Harrods and Holt Renfrew in addition to select independent retailers worldwide including 24Fab in Spain, Andrews in Canada, Covet in Ireland, Edition-K in Austria, Etre in Saudi Arabia, Per Lei Couture in Qatar, Piaff in Lebanon, and The Pretty Committee in Mexico