Toronto Star


Toronto fashion week reviews

The Star rates the collections from this year's Toronto fashion week out of four stars.

Mar 21, 2008 04:30 AM

Greta Constantine

A mirrored runway and a backdrop of barren wintery trees trucked in from a forest created the setting for the blockbuster presentation of Kirk Pickersgill's and Stephen Wong's label Greta Constantine. Only their fourth collection, the duo's ascent on the fashion scene has been rapid, judging by the large invite-only crowd lined up outside Circa nightclub for the show Wednesday night.

Opening with an egg-shaped coat made of black neoprene, the shapes started out strong and graphic; sharply cinched waists, dramatic architectural collars on cropped jackets. Paired with black leggings the sharp silhouette referenced Claude Montana of the '80s. Things took a softer turn with their signature jersey done in fluid gowns and one-piece jumpsuits. The designers accessorized throughout the show with antlers – some as necklaces, others just hooked on the back of a gown. Giant polished wooden rings, cuffs and prehistoric-looking furs gave the collection a cool native Indian vibe which brought the entire show back to earth on their home turf, Canada.

- Derick Chetty




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