PORTRAIT IN STYLE: Greta Constantine

Photograph by Natalie Castellino.

Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong are free of the stress plaguing the rest of the fashion scene this week—the Greta Constantine designers showed their Fall 2010 collection before LG Fashion Week kicked off. The Toronto fashion favourites like to cut their own path—they stage their shows at off-site venues so that they have complete creative control from start to finish. They answered our Portrait in Style questionnaire.

What are the top three items on your inspiration board?

“Just one—an image from a comic book of a man leaping across the roof of an urban city skyscraper.”

Who would you love to see wearing your collection?

“Megan Fox.”

What was the first piece you designed in this collection?

“A woven cowel-neck wool silk dress called the Marina.”

How do you know when you’re finished a collection?

“When the show starts.”

Did you have a muse or person in mind when designing this season?

“We are influenced by all of the women in our lives. They inspire and challenge us to make beautiful, innovative pieces.”

Do you have a favourite piece?

“By the end of the collection, you’ve fallen in love with every piece. If you haven’t, it didn’t make it on the runway.”

Do you have a favourite model in your show?

“Each girl becomes a favourite because they successfully made an impression on us and exhibited the very boldness that defines our clothes.”

What’s your favourite part of putting on a runway show? Least favourite?

“Our favourite: seeing the clothes come to life in a setting you and your team created. Least: not being able to accommodate everyone who wants to see the show.”

What’s your favourite track from your runway show playlist?

“’Skinny Little Bitch’ by Hole.”

Do you get nervous?

“A little bit, but working closely with your team reminds you how much hard work and passion is distilled in the collection. If you’re confident with it, that’s all that matters.”

The Canadian tuxedo (denim on denim)—yes or no?

“We’ll let the people decide.”

Check out Greta Constantine’s Fall 2010 show here.

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