Category Archives: Fall 2011 Collection
In which I go to a fashion show. I know.
Stephan Wong and Kirk Pickersgill unleashed the Autumn/Winter 2011 collections for their two lines, Greta Constantine and Ezra Constantine, at Toronto’s Bayview Audi on Friday, March 25. My ass? Was in the crowd. And it was first surprised, then delighted, and then more than a little appreciative of the direction Wong and Pickersgill have decided to take the Greta Constantine woman for the upcoming season.
Building on the romance of their Spring/Summer 2011 collection, the boys have taken Greta Constantine on a tour of northern Europe in the winter. While known for their amazing draped jersey dresses – which emerged in the third act of the show – Wong and Pickersgill reached beyond the expected and added silhouettes that reflect fit and volume, and layers of previously unexpected fabrics like velvets and wools. Waists were cinched with peplum belts, skirts were voluminous and billowing, and wrapping and pinning a blanket around yourself never seemed so chic. Or had such unbelievable motion. And that was before the dreamy jersey dresses made their appearance.
Following the first set of woman-in-the-winter looks came the men of Ezra Constantine. Whereas Greta surprised, Ezra continued on in the direction set in previous collections. While a few of the layering elements explored in the GC pieces that had just made their way down the runway, the mens looks were easy didn’t put up a fight for attention. And then it was back to the ladies.
Perhaps in as an answer to the question I posed the duo on Twitter, “Why do a majority of designers default to dark & somber instead of deep & rich colours for their winter lines?”, Greta Constantine used a shades of greys and blacks as a foundation for making jewel-toned blues, purples and reds pop like crazy. LIKE CRAZY.
Jersey dresses in saturated blues, reds and purples made a stunning appearance. Topped with amazing coats, or cozy scarves, they were a winter evening delight. And delivered on the drapey-expectations that the Greta Constantine story is based on. The closer was just that – a stunning purple gown with a bodice cut down to there, topped with a fur-collared coat that made me, as anti-fur as I am, gasp with delight.
The final walk was done to the tune of Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two”, which made me grin like a goon. And seeing Wong and Pickersgill delighted walk past the massive crowd? Seriously lovely to see.
More pics – including a few more of my favourite looks via Fashion Magazine, a shot of the amazeballs Aldo shoe collaboration from Peroni’s LGFW microsite, and pics I took myself – and a bullet point summary of the experience below, but I know you want to see the full collection, and I know you want to see it, like, NOW, so here you go. Just come back and read the rest later, okay?
So, what’s it like to go to a fashion show? Reminiscent of the industry parties of my past – though, this time, I wasn’t in the industry in question. I remember how insular pre- and post- rockshow events were, and that was very much par for the course here. Everyone knows everyone, except you, and, you know, that’s not at all unexpected. I felt perfectly comfortable floating on the edges of the crowd, and delighted in seeing all of the big names in Canadian and Toronto-based fashion circles (Lisa Tant from Flare, Suzanne Boyd from Zoomer, Leesa Butler from the F-List, Jeanne Beker, Glen Baxter, Anita from I Want I Got, the Beckermans, and more) hanging out in the throng.
- Bayview Audi is an excellent space for an event. The above ground showroom, with its wall of windows, and the basement area that was turned into a runway space, give off a modern drama that was perfect for the night. I get way Greta Constantine continue to show their collections there time and again.
- God, it’s nice to see men who know how to dress themselves. Suited-up or not, men who have an understanding of clothing that works on their bodies? Brilliant. Working at a tech company in a tech city pretty much guarantees seeing such a thing doesn’t happen often in my everyday life.
- IPhone camera photos really don’t serve you well in a dark, fast-moving situations. I took a mess of pictures, and have thrown those into a slideshow below. But this pic to the side? Really encapsulates the rush and excitement of the show for me. And damn, those colours!
- The shoes on the models? Kicked ass. The result of a collaboration between the designers and Aldo, I can only wish that they will see the light, and produce these suckers for sale to the general public. Brocade-y and spectacular. Check it:
- The show started and wound up with a blast of fake snow; if only there hadn’t been real snow on the ground outside.
- Post-show, I decided to head back home instead of sticking around. While I had backstage accreditation, and could go and meet the guys, I really felt that this night was way more about the industry celebrating their own, and not about me meeting designers whose work I adore. Next time they have a sample sale, though? I am so there.
- Best thing I heard all night, when leaving the building, swag bag sponsored by Stoli and Schwarzkopf in-hand, and seeing a member of the show team approach another audience member as they started to leave as well, “If they don’t come near you, you don’t have to give them anything!” Excellent.
- Oh, and what did I end up wearing? When getting dressed for the night, my initial thought was to go colourful and body-con,and I pulled pieces from Helmut Lang, DVF and Alice+Olivia from my closet. Then I paused. And decided Iwanted to wear not only Canadian, but as many Toronto-based designers as well. Out came a royal purple Ashley Rowe a-line dress from a few seasons back, a black Jessica Jensen portfolio clutch, a Brave Beltworks corset belt and Aldo boots. Bathroom mirror pic!
MY FAVOURITE PIECES FROM THE SHOW
The Pictures I Took
And this is how I felt all night: