Toronto: Greta Constantine Spring 2010

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

Last night’s Greta Constantine show at the Audi dealership on Bayview Ave. was more like a party that held a fashion show during intermission. The chock-a-block crowd flowed from cocktails to catwalk to cocktails again. The presentation itself was held in a huge concrete space, providing a miles-long runway for designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill’s Spring 2010 showcase, which also marked the runway debut of their menswear line, Ezra Constantine.

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The pair were unspecific when asked about their references, but a glance at the buzz-word heavy seat handout told some of the tale: “relish,” “structured,” “sassy,” “revival,” “raw,” “adorned,” “fertile,” “tribal,” “transcending.” In other, fewer, words, there was a lot going on.

The designers have been trying to break away from being known as “the jersey boys”–think last’s season’s apotheosis of seatbelts–and for spring, they took this idea in a few, and possibly a few too many, directions. There were marabou-trimmed dresses, caftan-esque printed pieces, fringe neckpieces, Mugler-esque metal details and black body-con edged in white patent. Strongest were the jersey goddess pieces that are the pair’s staple, especially a simple, rust-coloured micro-mini with a so-pretty lower back cut-out, a short, pale pink cloud of marabou and a billowy soft grey dress that was short in the front and long in the back, à la Lanvin. It’s clear from these pieces, and from past collections, that the Greta boys know how women want to dress–edgy, sexy, but still pretty. While we can appreciate any designer’s desire to push, these two would do well to focus and expand on all the strengths we love them for.

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