Rock & Roll, Seductive Boudoir, Dark Forest: DANIER Fall/Winter 2011

DANIER FW11 MENS

DANIER Fall/Winter 2011 Menswear

Last week, It’s All Style To Me was invited to a preview of Canadian designer Greta Constantine’s Fall/Winter 2011 collaboration with Danier Leather (click here for post).  The capsule collection named simply Skin, is one of three collaborations for Danier in Fall/Winter 2011.  Yesterday, I had a chance to see the entire Danier Fall/Winter 2011 Collection including the additional capsule collections by Mark Fast and George Antonopoulos.  The invitation of these three great talents to lend their interpretation to the DANIER brand further supports the brand’s efforts to showcase cutting edge and inspiring designs each season.

Designed with something in mind for everyone, Danier’s LOVE of LEATHER titled collection for FW11 is really composed of three sub-themed collections or releases.  Due out in stores this August, their first release is comprised of pieces that incorporate elements of the backstage rock and roll lifestyle.  I initially thought hidden condom pockets, accessories with secret cocaine compartments, and an inside pocket large enough to stash a mickey of scotch – not the case.  Leather jackets and accessories are accented with zippers, studs, and chains to give them that rock and roll feel.  The men’s outerwear is rugged with biker jackets with inner linings that have extravagant digitized city skyline prints.

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Bring On The Cool: DANIER X Greta Constantine Fall/Winter 2011

Last night, Greta Constantine designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong unveiled their eagerly anticipated Fall/Winter 2011 Capsule Collection for iconic Canadian leather apparel label DANIER.  The launch of SKIN arrives hot off the heels of a successful Greta/Ezra Constantine Fall/Winter 2011 Collection that even had Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker (click here for interview) beaming with Canadian pride.

Nestled amidst a sea of quaint crack houses, homeless shelters, and a liquor store that sees more action on Sunday than the local community church – Parkdale’s Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery hosted a modest SKIN launch in an impressive artistic oasis of a space.  Whatever you do, just don’t lean on their outside walls.  My wool/angora knit cardigan was covered in red brick residue and enough DNA samples from the wall deposits of vagrants’ bodily fluids to keep a CSI lab busy for weeks.

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Greta & Ezra Constantine Fall/Winter 2011 Collections

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.

For photos of the fashion show and party please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.  For backstage interviews with Kirk and Stephen click here, Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker click here.

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