Are DSquared and Jean Paul Gaultier copying Toronto’s Ezra Constantine?
One of the most buzzed about fads at the European menswear shows is bloody models walking the runway. In Milan, DSquared eschewed its typical buffalo plaids, trapper hats and maple leaves for a look inspired by banged-up hockey players, with leather-clad men splattered in blood. In Paris, Jean Paul Gaultier went with an ’80s boxing theme, complete with oversized gloves, robes and the requisite bloody noses and faces.
But did the unsettling look start in Toronto? The spring 2010 look book for Ezra Constantine, the new menswear label from Toronto’s Greta Constantine designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill, is full of violent and bloody images. While the look book was released to the media only this week, the duo wrote about the controversial look on their blog way back in December.