It’s the season of the dress, as confirmed in New York, London, Milan and Paris. Continuing in that vein, Greta Constantine offered a lean lineup of sportif styles. Opening with their new diffusion line, Primer, thin jersey dresses in coral, teal and pewter had the fitted, covered-up quality that names like Roland Mouret and, more recently, Victoria Beckham, have made their signature, albeit for under $600. While the odd style harked back to their Grecian tendencies (which in comparison looks a little dated now), these cleaned-up silhouettes felt fresh.
Moving on to their signature collection, things got decidedly more interesting. A black cropped trouser with pleated skirt overlay in the back and nonchalant leather wrap coats picked up on the sartorial cool of the designers’ own downtown uniforms. And a crisp black T-top sheath with boxy sleeves was just the kind of flattering, elegant go-to wardrobes need. Clunky white sandals and covetable boots in collaboration with ALDO provided the right tough finish. When looks did loosen up with gray slub dip-back knits, nifty caped anoraks and whispering chiffon asymmetrical toppers, they still maintained a sharp attitude. The same can’t be said for cutaway numbers with neon-slashed silk strips and awkward silver tassels - unnecessarily distractions from fit and form. Women have plenty of bells-and-whistles accessories at the ready, trust us. What we really need is a strong silhouette. Quite a few of the designer’s precision-cut dresses were precisely that.