Greta Constantine

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Jennifer Hudson, Angelina Jolie and Coco Rocha are just some of the celebrities who’ve worn and loved Greta Constantine.  Co-Founded by Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, 10 years ago, this design duo is at the pinnacle of Canadian fashion.  The ladies of Fab Four Fashion were beyond thrilled to be wearing their gorgeous designs and to feature them on another Canadian staple – Cityline!

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Leslie’s Look

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GLAM – OR – OUS! That is what Greta Constantine denotes, connotes and invokes! Someone please give me a pulpit because I feel like preaching! When you find a design house that understands quality in both style and fabrics; gets that woman come in all shapes and sizes, and recognizes women want to be trend setters not fashion followers you have the holy trinity of fashion.  I sometimes feel like we ladies of Fab Four Fashion are like Aristotle telling everyone that the earth is round! We are trying to show retailers and designers that women of all sizes want stylish designs. However, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong are God’s gift to body diversity, and are truly among the enlightened designers that create masterpieces for all women! (cue choir and blinding white  light:-)!

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My heart skipped a beat when I saw this stunning dress. The top portion with its beautiful print and the tea cup shape of the bottom portion were so unique and spoke to the fashionista in me! The stretch in the top portion hugs my slim curves, while the bottom gives me the added volume I’m always looking for.

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And ladies, ladies, ladies, this design is  not only gorgeous, but also resilient. The first time I went to sit down in it, I was afraid it might lose it shape or become crushed. Imagine going to the wedding of your bestie or a “friennemy” and looking like you just rolled out of bed by the time you hit the reception! Not cute. Ladies fear not! You can sit, stand, fox trout or pop-n-lock and still not muss the look!

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This dress is a standout wedding season winner. In particular those late summer early fall weddings where there’s the beginning of a nip in the air. And accessorising is a cinch. The dress speaks for itself so I did not need much in the way of accessories. I wore dangly pewter earrings, a bold statement ring and my stripe black and silver pumps because I love to mix prints.

And with that, I’m ready to give the bride a run for her money!

Dress: Greta Constantine // Pumps: ASOS (sold out) similar here // Earrings: Banana Republic

 

Gail’s Look

What can is say – I’ve simply died and gone to fashion heaven!  I’m draped, cinched all dolled up in Greta Constantine.  Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, the dynamic design duo, who co-founded Greta Constantine 10 years ago.  They’re a fashion powerhouse in the Canadian fashion scene and I’m beyond blessed to be wearing their sophisticated designs!  I was like a kid in a candy store as I combed through racks and racks of their glorious designs.

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Ok lets get to my wedding guest outfit.  So, as I mentioned before I poured over the racks sample size designs and sadly there was nothing in my size straight off the rack but those Greta geniuses came to the rescue.  My plus size sisters, you too can get your hands as well as the rest of you in a Greta Constantine design.

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This look right here is all about glamour and starts with this high waisted skirt which is the very essence of simple well fitting design.  The skirt is made of a high performance wrinkle resistant (AMEN!) material that can be thrown in the washing machine and presto change-o- clean skirt!

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I paired  this gem of a skirt with a simple black tank top from  and a sleek black belt.

Next was this gorgeous silk/wool cape, another Greta Constantine creation.  I feel like Dominique Devereaux from from that night time soap – Dynasty.

So, to complete my wedding guest look I had to add a little bling (because I have to shine bright like a diamond baby lol) in the form of these sparkly earrings and bracelet.  And voila, my outfit is complete! Now where is my champagne?

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Silk/wool cape & hight waisted skirt: Greta Constantine // Tank top: Rebdolls (old) similar here  //Earrings: Forever 21 // Bracelet: Hudson’s Bay// Pumps: Joe Fresh (old) similar here

Judy’s Look

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Weddings during the summertime are awesome but finding the right outfit for different types of weddings can be a pain. When the invitation says bring glamour to another level, one designer that comes to mind is Greta Constantine. With their various elegant styled gowns and their famous tea cup styled dresses, my, my, my… what a treat.

The ladies of Fab Four and I recently had the chance to visit their studio to try on some gowns. Going there I didn’t know what to expect but I knew that I would find an Oscar winning dress.

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The first dress that I scooped up is called the Merle Cape style gown. This dress screams elegance and class on so many levels. The top of the dress is loose and is equipped with a back cape.  The bottom part is fitted at the hips and flares out near the bottom, which accentuates my hourglass figure.

What’s so special about my gown, is that the cape style is a single layer of microfiber, which allows the material to flow and drape so nicely on me.  I couldn’t be happier because it covers my little tummy.

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The cape has a dramatic affect that makes me feel like Diana Ross in Mahogany! I can’t help but to open my arms wide and walk like I own it and fly away gracefully!

The bottom part of this lavish dress is made out of 2 layers of microfiber which is similar to spanx, and the stretchy fabric hugs me perfectly in all the right places.  It’s always amazing to find an established designer that caters to all sizes.  Ladies if you set your coins aside for an exclusive and stunning piece, Greta Constantine would be one of the best choices that will be able to accommodate you!

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Checked myself in the mirror, spun around a few times, put on my earrings, and my lipstick, and here comes Queen Supreme ready to slay!

Dress: Greta Constantine // Sandals: Aldo find similar here // Earring:  similar here

 

Nancy’s Look

I was so excited to be working with Greta Constantine. I mean, it’s Greta Constantine! Paris Fashion Week Greta Constantine. Ten years strong Greta Constantine. CAFA 2016 Womenswear Designer of the Year winners Greta Constantine. How fantastic!

Going to their studio was so much fun, however choosing the dress was so hard! That’s because my heart fluttered on a number of pieces. But when I tried the Ancha gown, I collapsed like Serena Williams did after her seventh Wimbledon victory.

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I love this dress for so many reasons. First, the lenght of this dress accentuates my height and makes me look like a delicious tall glass of blue caracao cocktail honey! Ha! It’s funny how the thing that I wished I could have traded years ago, is the very same that I want to highlight today. I love my height and every piece of clothing that further calls attention to my statuesque frame is a winner in my book.

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The shoulder overlays can be worn in a many different ways: whether off the shoulder or asymmetrical, it always looks elegant. Then, we have the side cowl detail on the skirt for the win! You see, I was not blessed with “va-va-voom-baby-making” hips. As such, I appreciate a garment that can add a little volume in the right places. And while the cowl worked in adding volume for me, it serves double duty as it can also hide a little tummy. This only means that you can go for that second portion PLUS dessert.

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And last, but certainly not least, this dress is made of a superb microfiber material. This material hails all the way from Italy. It is mainly used for athletic wear, but the men of Greta Constantine had the genius idea of re-purposing it for high fashion. It repels water, smooths  you out and keeps the rich colors. AND, you can throw it in the washing machine. Let me give you some time to reread that last sentence. You can throw it in the washing machine. How fantastic is that!

Not to be outdone, I finished my look with the amazing jewelry from none other than Rebekah Price. This statement jewelry is made of multi colored Swarovski crystal and it married perfectly with the color of my gown. That was just the wow factor that I needed to complement my look and to take it to another level.

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This look is so glamorous! I need to find a reason to dress like this on a daily basis!

Dress: Greta Constantine // Jewelry: Rebekah Price

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Special thanks to photographer extraordinaire Roseline Bonheur.

Tah Tah for now,

The Fab Four

Mother’s Day Delights

Mother's Day Delight

Mother: noun  moth·er \ˈmə-thər\ – a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth.  Only scratches the surface in terms of how much mothers mean to us.  They are there during our glorious up and are also there to console us during our lowest lows. They encourage us to believe in ourselves and go after our dreams.   While no token our gift can compare to all that mothers mean to us below are offer some ideas below to recognize and honour of mothers.

Mother's Day Delight

Victor & Rolf Flower Bon Bon Gift Set

Oval Garnet Pendant

Rose Gold Earrings

Coach Handbag

Printed Scarf

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

Tah Tah for now,

The Fab Four

Stripes Top to Bottom

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Stripes, the bain of some women’s existence and a big supposed “no no” for plus size women.  Well, I say nuts to that! I’m a firm believer that one should wear what one wants!  This first look is from Reb Dolls.  I love this online retailer because they take a no holds bar approach to plus size fashions.  If you “dare to wear” body con dresses or crop tops, Reb Dolls will hook you up.

I quite honestly would never have worn a crop top let alone a crop top that was sleeveless but since starting this blog I feel as though I’ve given myself permission to wear what I want and my girls have definitely encouraged me to take some fashion risks.

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I love the chevron pattern of this skirt and the “flowiness” of it too.  I finished the look with a faux leather jacket from City Chic online and added tangerine coloured wedge espadrilles for a pop of colour.

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Faux leather jacket: City Chic // Crop top: Reb Dolls // Midi Skirt: Reb Dolls// Wedges: Zara (old): Similar here // Purse: Zara //

For the tall bombshells out there here are some options so you can recreate my look.

Jacket: Long Tall Sally //Crop top: Asos // Midi Skirt: Zara

This skirt is tutu much for me!  I was a devoted viewer of Sex and the City so I was inspired to recreate Carrie Bradshaw’s outfit seen in the opening credits of the show.


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I adore all shades of the colour blue so when I saw this tutu skirt on the Eshakti site I knew I had to have it. And the coolest thing about this fabulous skirt is that it has pockets!  Once again, this online retailer caters to women of all shapes and sizes from 0 to 36W and heights of 5’0ft to 6ft and beyond!

 

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I paired my dream of a skirt with an off the shoulder striped number.  This outfit makes me feel as though I was Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.  I completed the look with fun polka dot pumps and a mint green purse.  Voila my spring look is complete!

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Striped off the shoulder top: Asos Curve //Tutu skirt: Eshakti (sold out) Similar here //Pumps: Aldo shoes //Purse: JustFab (sold out) Similar here

Ta ta for now

~Gail

 

 

 

Fab Four Fave: Celebrity Skin

Celebrity Skin

One thing we absolutely LOVE about Fridays is that it’s the end of a very long work week, but more importantly it’s when the Fab Four get to show you what we’re lusting after. This week Leslie up and by her admission it couldn’t come soon enough!

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I have been lusting, craving, hankering, pining, reverently yearning for this Smythe printed blazer that is just that little bit out of reach (darn those pesky bills), but here’s one of the ways I plan to rock it when I finally carry it across my threshold!

I love the structured lines of a fitted blazer coupled with an interesting print and this one has Leslie written all over it. One great thing about this jacket is its ¾ length sleeve.  I don’t have to worry about the sleeve length hitting in an awkward spot because of my slim frame and my long arms!! Yay-yay-yay!

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I wanted to keep the look casual but chic, so I chose to rock some high-waisted slim fit jeans courtesy of one of my favourite go-to stores, Zara, and a casual, simple t-shirt from Joe Fresh to keep the look relaxed.

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The shoes, well, I just needed that little bit of pop, so I went with these beautiful blue sling-backs that go brilliantly with the blue in the blazer and compliment the vibrant yellow in this gorgeous Proenza Schouler handbag.

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Even though I was trying to stay on the more casual side of chic, I couldn’t resist having some bling in this look so I added a gorgeous necklace from BCBG, and some fun inexpensive bangles. Last but not least, a pair of stylish shades and I’m ready to roll out!

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Stayed tuned to the blog, because you just never know what will make it from this lust list to a closet near you….ok a closet near me!

 

What’s top on your lust list this week?

Signed,

~Leslie