Caroline Constas launched her label three years ago, but she’s been enjoying a moment as of late. Maybe it’s the cold-shoulder craze: Her collection of breezy, romantic off-the-shoulder tops and dresses is practically made for it.
“It’s something that I particularly love designing,” Constas said of her signature shoulder-baring looks, made in New York from 100 percent cotton, many featuring rich embroidery, stripes or gingham patterns. “There’s been a niche in the market for wearable, high-quality shirting, which I think we really nailed.” Moda Operandi, Shopbop, Net-a-porter, Neiman Marcus and Intermix — a few of her stockists — have all taken notice.
Bergdorf Goodman is the latest to snatch up Constas’ spring collection and also tapped her to design an exclusive collection of eight styles — tops and skirts that can be worn separately or as full looks. “I put together a tight capsule that incorporated all of our strengths: the embroideries, the off-the-shoulder shirting,” she said.
Alongside the capsule sat a few looks from her fall collection, which included a selection of fabric chokers that match Constas’ tops and dresses. “I always like to be creative each season with an accessory, and I felt like we haven’t really seen how we’re bringing the off-the-shoulder trend into fall. I thought the chokers worked well with the whole Victorian vibe of the fall delivery as a nice accent,” she said.
The best-selling blouse in her collection is a billowing style with a sweetheart neckline and a built-in bra. Prices range from $395 up to $695 for dresses.
Constas, who was born and raised in Montreal, spent her childhood traveling to Greece to visit her family. “On those long flights is where I taught myself to sketch. I would always get so excited about traveling there and what I was going to wear when I got there,” she said. “That became the main inspiration behind the line. It’s focused on shirting and buy-now-wear-now, but it always has that jet-set element to it.”