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Covet & Watched – Greta Constantine SS2013

Heyhey, so last Thursday, GC brought their SS2013 line to the runway at The Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Distillery District.

Pre-show, Greta Constantine SS2013

Pre-show – Photo Melissa Bernais

Greta Constantine SS2013 Runway, pretty but blurry

Greta Constantine SS2013 Runway – Photo Melissa Bernais. This is kind of what the show felt like. If you know what I mean.

The vast size of the room allowed for a clever runway setting – models walked up and down and up and down, ensuring that every chair was a front row seat, and that standing positions (hi, that’s me, holding up the blue phone in the plungey black dress in the first row of standin’ people, to the left of the 2nd model from the right of the frame (what, you didn’t think the FIRST THING I’d do is look for myself? Have we not met before?)) were closer to the pieces then ever before.

Greta Constantine SS2013 Runway - Photo George Pimentel

Greta Constantine SS2013 Runway – Photo George Pimentel

The close vantage point ensured that the details came across brilliantly, and that was pretty lovely, for sure. I mean, close enough to see finishing like this:

Detailing, Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

Detailing, Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

The collection was divided into three monochromatic sections – navy (LOVE), black and white.  The silhouettes seem to follow in a similar divide: architectural, blouson and voluminous.

The tailored, highly constructed looks where were I feel that the collection found its footing. The more restrained pieces – my favourites being the below navy skirt & jacket, the white pant & jacket combo, and hip detailing on the lower half of an all-white look, and discrete bodice cutouts and diagonal pleating on a short sleeved dress.

Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

 Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

 Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

Less successful detailing saw idea built on top of idea; where a sleek, origami-style bodice on one piece seemed to grow to too-much proportions on others.

Simple, Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

Simple, Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

To more complex, Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

To more complex, Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

And even more going on, Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

And even more going on, Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

The drapey jersey pieces that Pickersgill and Wong are most well known for were also present (of course), but this time around, they took on a more blouse-y format.  And I’ll admit it – I will always lean towards body-skimming when given a choice.

 Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

The introduction of a white eyelet also brought a float and volume to the collection, in stiffer, pouf-style skirts or an over-sized floating dress.

Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

Greta Constantine SS2013 - Photo George Pimentel

Greta Constantine SS2013 – Photo George Pimentel

I’ll never be able to look at a white eyelet and say “yes”. The fabric, and how it was used in the pieces in this particular collection, has not been able to change my mind.  They were the pieces that I liked least from the 30+ look collection.

While Greta Constantine’s SS2013 collection may not have been my favourite from the pair, it did present a new, interesting direction.  And I’m interested in seeing how it develops.

See for yourselves and let me know what you think!

View: Complete Greta Constantine SS2013 Runway Show at Flare

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