In just a few short years, Caroline Constas has established her eponymous label as a covetable destination brand specializing in offbeat shirting with feminine flair. Her clothes easily call to mind warm, tropical locales, leaning on a buy-now-wear-now concept. Lest anyone pigeonhole her as a one-trick pony, she decided the forthcoming season would be the perfect opportunity to evolve the brand into weightier new categories such as knits, denim and outerwear, with a cohesive attitude of carefree effervescence.
In terms of aesthetic inspiration, the collection drew from the Southwest and western movies like “Shalako.” Silk Lurex prints fashioned into skirts and dresses, little neck ties, leather epaulets and Western-inspired shirting with feminine contrasting patchwork were as close to wrangler fashion as could be expected in Constas’ romantic universe. She had her core shirting category as well, which included bestsellers such as deep V-necks, off-shoulder cuts and short-sleeve iterations with puffy sleeves, all cut with Italian poplins, prints and star-print jacquards produced in-house.
The new categories were the most exciting for fall, providing transitional elements through seasons and expanding the brand beyond jet-set wares. “It’s always exciting as a designer when you introduce a new category and people get excited about it as well,” Constas said at a walk-through. “What our feedback has been is that people have been excited about the aesthetic translating into the different categories.” Indeed, although felted wool outerwear was a first for the brand, it featured house codes like ruffles and flared sleeves. Hefty denim, too, was cut in a best-selling silhouette featuring bare shoulders and a plunging V-neck. Mohair knits with sparkles of Lurex and voluminous sleeves were completely new, rounding out a whimsical wardrobe of mix-and-match separates.