Toronto Fashion Week: Greta Constantine Spring ’12

Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill’s affair of the dress

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Photo by George Pimentel

Photo by George Pimentel

Photo by George Pimentel

Photo by George Pimentel

Photo by George Pimentel

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.

Click to see our favourite looks from Greta Constantine’s Spring 2012 collection.

Click to see the best dressed guests at Greta Constantine’s Spring 2012 show.

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