Greta & Ezra Constantine Fall/Winter 2011 Collections
March 27, 2011 6 Comments
The bad boys of Toronto fashion were back at Downtown Audi to host another one of their legendary fashion extravaganzas on Friday night. Greta Constantine fashion shows are huge. Many have clamoured for a spot on the A-list of one of the hippest biannual events of the year. You see for many, Greta is more than just a fashion show. Attendance has become a social badge of honour. A chance to be the first to see their new collection and rub elbows with socialites, celebrities, and industry elite during the designers’ renowned show and Stoli sponsored party.
Sharing the throne with fellow King of Toronto’s Rogue Fashion Week Philip Sparks, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong have been the yin to Sparks’ yang over the last few years. Launched at roughly the same time, the two labels are brilliant diametric examples of maturing fresh young local talent that’s putting Toronto fashion on the map.
The jersey boys kicked off their FW11 show with a collection in surprising contrast to the traditionally sophisticated draped jersey Grecian Greta evening wear of fall/winter seasons past. Bright velvet pants and bell-sleeved tunics adorned with pompoms and giant safety pins kicked off the Greta show. “Theatrical sensibility,” and hints of “YSL (Yves Saint Laurent),” according to Queen of Fashion Media Jeanne Beker – but all I could think was, “Somebody pimped my Snuggie.” Thankfully, it got better. The cool silhouettes cast by some of the almost neoprene looking women’s outerwear, the casual dresses in charcoal, vivid red, and electric blue, all offered an elegant activewear feel to the FW11 collection. Great choice going with the paisley, shearling-lined Aldo statement boots. They nearly stole the show. Aldo’s phones will surely be ringing off the hook with inquiries over the next few days. The best was saved for last by way of a gorgeous violet low-cut gown and exaggerated grey faux-fur collared cape. Amazing.
The men’s collection, Ezra Constantine, was the best the duo have produced since starting the men’s line in October 2009 (SS10 Collection). Gone are the bloodied roughians and militant anarchists, making way for a new age of youthful Ezra looks straight out of the pages of Dior Homme. Monochrome draped fitted flannels and jerseys, slim jeans, designer sweatpants, and a beautiful Barbouresque cape – the Ezra Constantine boy looks as though he’s been working in Berlin, partying in Paris, and hitting the gym everywhere in between.