Designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong kicked off Toronto Fashion Week recently with their combined Greta Constantine / Ezra Constantine show. Always a crowd favourite, the city’s fashion set was out in full force, as Canada’s top editors, buyers and critics, as well as the designers’ best customers, all congregated in local nightclub Century Room to see what they had in store for Spring 2012.
What came down the runway was everything we wanted and expected to see. Top models like Tara Gill and Amanda Laine rocked masterfully draped pieces in both neutral-toned and coloured jerseys. The collection offered party-perfect dresses in eye-catching colours like coral and eggplant for the city sophisticate, and edgy designs in black, white and grey (my kind of summer palette) for her deliciously dark alternate persona.
One day I’m dressed like a lady who lunches (key words: “dressed like”) and the very next I’m styled like the black sheep sister; Pickersgill and Wong’s latest collection has both moods covered. They haven’t forgotten about accessories, either. Models strutted down the runway in shoes the duo designed in collaboration with footwear company Aldo and, in some cases, toting cheeky bags with “It’s Greta! Hello….” printed on them.
Each lucky show attendee, including myself, was gifted with one of said bags. It didn’t come with the rest of the runway look, sadly, but I have big plans to fill my tote with a jersey dress or two when the Greta Constantine Spring collection hits sales floors. Based on what I saw at the runway show, that time can’t come soon enough; I need more Greta in my closet, stat.
See complete runway show photos on Toronto Life.
Image Credits: Jenna Marie Wakani for Toronto Life