Greta Constantine: NYFW Spring 2018
Represented by Sydney Reising.
Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, the “Jersey boys of Toronto,” debuted their Spring 2018 Greta Constantine collection at New York Fashion Week yesterday, with ’80s and ’70s colors mixed with Ziggy Stardust shoulder pads.
The collection showcased their mastery of color, with clever combinations that were sparkly, glamorous, sporty … and always fun.
Greta Constantine Spring 2018
The new collection, shown at Pier29 Studios, made use of high-octane hues and second-skin sequins in rose, sea blue, gold, silver, and black. The collection also showcased boyfriend tuxedo pants, track suits, and ’80s glam. Angular references also appeared in a sequined jumpsuit whose severe proportions evoked a nod to Grace Jones.
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.
ABOUT GRETA CONSTANTINE
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 Jessica Biel and Karlie Kloss. Greta Constantine has appeared in British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Essence, Fashion Magazine, Flare Magazine, Glamour, InStyle, Marie Claire, Maxim Magazine, Us Weekly, WWD, and more.
Greta Constantine is can be found at Lord & Taylor, Kleinfeld, and many more.