Toronto: Greta Constantine combines heaven and earth for a romantic spring show

Coco Rocha walks in the Greta Constantine Spring 2011 show. Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

The scene outside 161 Spadina Ave. on Friday evening for the Greta Constantine Spring 2011 show conjured up memories of the fashion mob outside the Armoury at the Marc Jacobs show. But unlike MJ, who learned his lesson about late start times, GC designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill kept the mass of eds, buyers and bloggers, crammed into a small room for an hour (for a somewhat impromptu pre-show cocktail party) before being seated (finally!) for the show.

Coco Rocha opened the show and word has it that she personally contacted Wong and Pickersgill about making an appearance. (Note: You know you’ve made it when…)
The collection was comprised of a few leading colour players: earthy shades like rusty red and loden green, and lighter hues such as blush and a lovely dove grey. Lots of signature twists, knots, and pleats came out to play, as did one fabulous ’70s-inspired one-shouldered one-piece. (Bianca Jagger would approve.) The slick haven’t-washed-my-hair-in-a-week tresses got lost in translation–no wonder Miss Coco opted for a sleek side-parted low knot. Stand-outs included the flowing white goddess gowns cinched with wide blush toned belts, the custom treasure chest–inspired wedges, the LBD with the sexy cape back and the line-up of blush-toned gowns that closed the show. Slipping into one of these dreamy confections would be pure heaven.

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