Greta Constantine designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill took a big risk by opting to show their Spring 2013 collection over a month after Toronto Fashion Week. Whatever the reason behind that decision, it seemed to pay off. Last Thursday’s fashion show at the city’s Fermenting Cellar was packed to the rafters with multiple front rows of media, buyers and social types all relatively fresh faced and ready for some action.
After a few inspired Stoli cocktails, the Greta Constantine Spring 2013 collection took to the runway, offering a much-expanded take on the duo’s typical aesthetic. Opting out of the often tedious draped dresses that have become their signature, Wong and Pickersgill opened with a tight one-shouldered navy cocktail dress with a pleated inset down its front, which was followed by an even stricter pleated skirt suit. The models—curved glass-like headpieces firmly fixed to their tight buns—meant business.
Halfway through, the collection morphed into girlish mode, with a softened palette of dainty full-skirted dresses and simple tanks. While some of the looks did feel a bit too inspired by some of Nicolas Ghesquière’s most famous at Balenciaga (both recent and archival), we love where Wong and Pickersgill are heading. Stepping away from the heat of Toronto Fashion Week and forging ahead with fresh cuts and a simple palette let the duo’s talents to shine just that much brighter.