In Photos: Greta Constantine Fall 2009
Fashion Week got underway a few days ahead of itself with a handful of unofficial shows, including one by Toronto's own dynamic duo, Greta Constantine.
The city's fashion fans packed The Courthouse on Adelaide, with a few wearing their fave Greta Constantine creations. After a cold, dark winter, it was lovely to see the city throwing sensible woolies and wellies off to reveal sexy stilettos (below-zero temperatures be damned!) and even one dazzling, silky cream jumpsuit cut very, very low (I can't stop talking about it!).
As for the collection itself, the label has definitely been evolving up, up, and away from its trademark draped jersey gowns and into edgier airspace. This was inspired by both the need to differentiate oneself in this economy and the brand's expanding vision, according to co-designer Kirk Pickersgill.
In a post-show e-mail, he said, "In this day and time, we have to work harder and our clientele expects more from us. We actually introduced more fabrics. Our company is growing so we need to expand in every way. To be honest, we have become more creative!"
This ingenuity was present in the show's many intriguing hybrid pieces, and the writ-large detailing.
A loose one-shouldered dress draped across tapers down into a skin-tight hem. The cape-cum-trenchcoat. A fitted black wool coat that balloons at the back. Bright silver lamé pedal-pushers. These were all wearably wow.
Some of the collection was a little more out-there, such as a gold lame leopard-print strapless jumpsuit; the shiny black PVC leggings and gloves; and the thick, blood-red tulip-shaped coat in a foam-like fabric with a huge, dramatic neck that flipped down to hug the shoulders. Then there was the several pieces based around stiff, shiny gunmetal-gray nylon-like fabric that was linked, daisy-chain style, to form sleeves, hems, and back
While structurally ambitious, and eye-catching on the runway, they probably wouldn't really look great in the real world--or even in a more fashion-savvy setting, I think.
There were those few misses, but it still was nice to see a team taking risks, and taking their work to the next level. "The beauty of working in this industry is we never know what to expect next," Pickersgill said.
"Every day, something new happens and we're fortunate enough to be a part
Photos by James Kachan