Covet & Watch- Greta Constantine FW2012
The Arcadian Loft was the latest venue to see Greta Constantine stomp down the runway. Located in Toronto’s Simpson Tower, 8 floors above Queen & Bay, the space played to the soft v. urban identity that the Gretas have been taking the label in recent collections.
Here are a couple of pictures I took via phone; artsy!
The first half of the 52-look show tread ground that Pickersgill & Wong firmly laid claim to years ago – jewel-tone drapey lovelies that are the cornerstone of their identity. What felt new to these looks were discrete cutouts, full back reveals, and two colours that blew me away; a bottle green reminiscent of sea glass found on a grey, beach day, and a vibrant magenta.
Photos from here-on lifted from BlogTO’s Facebook Album
The second half of the presentation fell to a darker, sleeker style. Blacks and dark greys, some in a lovely double-knit, were more structured and cinched, accented by metallic adornments, sequins and leathers. Chunky and super-sheer knits, added through a partnership with Dylan Uscher, were a lovely, new dimension for the label’s overall look.
The standout pieces for me were pretty damn surprising. Why? Because I have never liked even the simple idea of a jumpsuit. Not only did I find GC’s take on this silhouette, low-waisted and structured, yet not form-fitting, new and exciting, but dammit, if I didn’t want all three to find a home in my closet. The two sleeveless versions had a brilliant streamlined vibe, while the puffed shoulder on the sleeved version took the piece to a more romantic (dude, I know. I KNOW) place.
For real, it was a kick-ass presentation; I only feel that it would have been even stronger had the line-up been edited down by, say, 5 or 10 pieces. A few inclusions on the runway felt like pulls from prior collections, and while it shows the strength and bloodline of the brand, I felt I was saying, “Didn’t I see that two/three/four collections ago?” a little too often.