Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill, the duo behind the Greta Constantine, have long been known as Toronto’s “jersey boys,” for the draped silk pieces that have found favour with starlets, socialites and fashion editors, i.e the crowd that lines their runways. While this core offering remains strong, the pair, fresh from a selling trip to Paris, have made a concerted effort to grow their brand beyond this signature. There is a mens line, Ezra Constantine, which will show separately from the women’s line for the first time this season; a collaboration with leather specialists Danier, which has been renewed for fall; and the main line, which each season finds new ground.
Though Friday’s fall show opened with head-to-toe white, colour was the major statement for the first looks. Cobalt blue, kelly green and crimson red appeared on pleated trousers paired with tissue-thin turtlenecks and chunky knit mufflers, as well as swingy, sexy dresses and an array of fitted sheaths. The devil was in the details with the dresses: Squarish shoulder details and sexy cut-outs worked, lightly-padded hips, less so.
The pair’s signature jersey dresses in jewel tones were pumped up (or obscured, depending on your take) with obi belts, sparkling gloves or metallic harnesses. A particular purple stunner had long sleeves, a plunging V, and a thigh-high slit that, intentional-or-not, brought to mind Angelina Jolie’s leg vamping at the Oscars and gave a nod to the red carpet aspirations of many of Wong and Pickersgill’s clothes.
The bulk of the show was a parade of black pieces that conjured up the cool urbanity that was on display outside the windows of the show’s Arcadian Court perch above Queen and Bay streets. Standouts included a wrap coat with a dramatic portrait neckline and a handful of tuxedo-esque jumpsuits that caught the eye of every Twitter-savvy influencer in the room.
See the full Greta Constantine Fall 2012 collection
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