My experience with Greta Constantine goes way back to the days I was religiously watching Project Runway in both Canada and US. I recall asking my sister to PVR every single episode, so I could curl up on the couch late evening and watch the newly aired episodes before ending my night. Being a die-hard fan of Project Runway, you could only imagine how proud I was as a Canadian, who had been attending Toronto Fashion Week season after season for years, finally see a Canadian version of Project Runway after several years of success in the United States.
Canadian designers had a long history of producing talented designers that just didn’t get as much exposure and recognition in their home country – not because they weren’t incredible at their craft or that the media didn’t support or try to catapult them into the spotlight. Canada has the same population as that the State of California, and when it came to purchasing back in the day, we didn’t have social media to provide more exposure to support up-and-coming brands affordably, and with designers this talented it really only makes sense to go international.
It was during Project Runway Canada that I was introduced to Stephen Wong, who was a contender, one part of the creative duo of Greta Constantine. Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong were both a creative force to be reckoned with. Following Project Runway Canada, I had the pleasure of seeing a couple of their collections in Canada during Toronto Fashion Week. Having met the duo briefly, I can only tell you that they are so humble, sweet and kind, yet incredibly talented. I own a few of pieces from Greta Constantine, so it was such a treat for me to see the label’s studio presentation at NYFW for the first time.
FALL / WINTER 2019-2020
Greta Constantine is known for their extravagant and luxurious pieces. The draping and tailoring is one that the label is known for. This season, the duo made a visit to Dubai and was influenced by the elegant way people dressed ther, and this brought the designers back to creating a collection with well-tailored pieces presented in new ways.
The designers approached this collection with sustainability in mind and used some of the fabrics they’d previous used and introduced them in new ways and shapes that we almost never see them in. Below are some of my favourite looks of the night.
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