Toronto: Greta Constantine's Bold, Dramatic Direction


Photo by George Pimentel

Long the go-to pair for Toronto’s young party set, Greta Constantine designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill took on deep-winter dressing with a show that delivered a parade of stand-out outerwear.

Toronto’s Jersey Boys did indeed present a lineup of dresses in their signature fabric at Friday night’s showing, but it was the cropped capes, bell-sleeve fit-and-flare toppers and floor-grazing coats that made their presence felt most strongly.

It was a moody showing. Falling snow and a burning fire (both faux) worked with jewel-toned velvets (good in the form of a black, cinched-in cocoon coat, less so as purple pantaloons), fur-trimmed wide belts and brocade-covered Aldo booties to give the whole affair the feeling of a romantic Russian novel. One heroine-worthy look combined a short grey wool coat with a dramatic collar paired up with a full-length tiered skirt done in padded cotton.

As an interlude Wong and Pickersgill presented a handful of looks for their menswear line, Ezra Constantine–slim trousers and draped tops in grey and black and outerwear, including a sleeveless floor-length vest/coat hybrid.

And after came the dresses, simple and strong–a slinky, full-length red number with long sleeves was perfect no-fuss glamour. The final looks brought the bread-and-butter jersey together with a quartet of long, sweeping coats–a dramatic new direction.

See a full gallery of looks from the Greta Constantine show