Greta Constantine’s over-the-top fashion shows are always a spectacle, whether it’s poolside at a Georgian mansion, in a King West club, at a sleek car dealership or, most recently, at the Arcadian Loft. Fact: Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill love a good party. It was the end of a busy Rogue Fashion Week, but we still saw Sarah Gadon (named one of TIFF’s rising stars for her work in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis), Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Zaib Shaikh, songstress Kreesha Turner, Corner Gas-ers Gabrielle Miller and Tara Spencer-Nairn, society girl Sylvia Mantella (who glided through the room in a black jacket with a train, then tripped on said train as she was leaving), Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker and Zoomer’s Suzanne Boyd (who kept warm in a mink bowler hat she said she forgot she even had). Check out every look from Greta’s sci-fi-themed show, including some really unflattering peplum details, in a gallery after the jump.
Greta Constantine shows run late—this time the it started almost 45 minutes after it was scheduled to—but Pickersgill and Wong smartly had wait staff walk along the runway with vodka shots. Though fashion is probably better appreciated with a mild buzz, we didn’t need alcohol to be impressed with this collection (but communications director Jesse Greene made a last-minute dash to the bar for Heather Hiscox, presumably because she couldn’t handle the wait—poor thing!). Model pacing was way off, with some clomping like Clydesdales while others walked too slow—it was like a streetcar pileup during the city’s first snowfall. Setbacks aside, Wong and Pickersgill veered away from the classic Greta girl (who’s never met a piece of jersey she didn’t want to artfully drape over her body), showing contemporary frocks that were just as worthy of being worn to $15,000-a-plate arts fundraisers. We saw some rather demure gowns, richly saturated in jewel tones like royal purple, kelly green and ruby red and with sexy details like exposed backs, centre slits and peek-a-boo side cutouts, and an abundance of black pieces, from a jumpsuit (people need to stop making these) to mini-dresses, knit breastplates and a few silk options (some silk pieces bunched on top of the right buttocks to create an unflattering goiter-like silhouette). We loved a cropped knit sweater, the metal harnesses and striking colour palette, but we were a bit confused by the concealed peplum details on some dresses—it looked good on the Amazonian models, but the padding wouldn’t work for anyone who likes to wear Spanx.
After the show, guests mingled while sipping even more vodka (can we have caesars after every show, please?) and we spotted MTV’s Aliya-Jasmine Sovani busting a move with pals. We want Pickersgill and Wong to plan our next party.