Greta Constantine’s Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill launch Skin, their collaboration with Danier
Last night, Toronto’s glossiest glamourpusses—well, at least the ones willing to trek to Queen Street West and Brock Avenue on a rainy Monday—hit Neubacher Shor Contemporary for the premiere of Skin, the much-hyped collaboration between Danier Leather and Greta Constantine tag team Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill. The event brought out Sebastian Pigott (we had to catch ourselves from referring to him as Kai Booker, his character from Being Erica), Shinan Govani, Ivana Santilli, Glen Peloso, Katie Boland, Andrew Sardone, Natalie Lecomte and Sandra Pittana, and on display—on a model and at an on-site pop-up shop—were the six outfits from the capsule collection. See our coverage of the showcase and a gallery of the pieces and the scene after the jump.
The looks had classic draping and loose silhouettes typical of Greta Constantine, but the designers translated that aesthetic from jersey to leather and suede (those staunch jersey supporters will be happy to know that the pieces are lined with the fabric). Our favourite pieces included the shift dresses ($499) in slate grey and black (though the daring could opt for a fire-engine red version) and the long coats-cum-shawls ($999 for buttery soft leather and $549 for suede). The kimono-like leather trench ($869) gave us a possible wardrobe idea for The Matrix should it ever be made into a musical (hey, Broadway seems to be making money covering every other movie): it read as more of a costume than a practical or man-repellent style statement. But overall, the boys have done well in giving the Greta girl another fabric to wear on her nights out on the town—selfishly, though, we hope these hot leather and suede pieces won’t be wearable until at least the chill of fall.