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Greta Constantine Spring/Summer 2010 Collection

Greta Constantine once again held the unofficial kick-off to Fashion Week in Toronto. Co-designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill eschewed as usual the tents of LG Fashion Week, this time landing at the Audi dealership, of all places.

The Greta boys are renowned for their flowing jersey pieces and a draped Grecian-style silhouette--this was present in their Spring/Summer 2010 presentation, but it was joined by a new men's line, as well as a few more structured pieces continuing the robo-hot look of their last season's collection and its recognizable seatbelt-couture tops worn by Coco Rocha, Fritz Helder, and Yasmin Warsame.

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A modified version of this top emerged with a giant neck, but it was the pieces that showed an interesting contrast that I liked, such as the combination of an ethereal ice-blue feathered top and a shirred shiny black skirt, or the bright-white piping running up and down a slick black jumpsuit.

I also liked the pairing of more angular lines with the standard Greta swathes of material, come to life, for instance, in a shiny grey blazer with pointed shoulders (echoes of Balmain's excellent fall shoulder) and an acid-yellow skirt.

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Colour, by the way, was fabulous here--I especially liked the bright Missoni-like dashes of colour on a short skirt, or a flowing tunic.

The men's palette was much more sober--even for spring--and definitely came from the more architectural side of the duo's design MO, with strappy chest-pieces, bejeweled trunks, and shiny tanks.

Maybe the battle between structure and flow is heating up for Greta Constantine. I'll continue to watch--we win either way.

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Photos by Paul Flynn.


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