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Greta Constantine SS18: Canadian Sparkle!

20 Canadian Models. 2 Canadian Designers. 1 Brand. Toronto based, Jamaican-born designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong celebrated 10 years of their womenswear label Greta Constantine with a Canadian-Girl-Gang invasion of New York Fashion Week back in September.

Now that we are approaching the actual Spring/Summer 2018, I’m totally tempted to wear the hip & dazzling looks.

Sequins and high-octane hues characterize 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.

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…


Elena Sendona

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