Greta Constantine has constructed up a powerful worldwide buyer base and celeb following from its hub in Toronto. Final yr, the Canadian label was worn by everybody from Julia Roberts to Angela Bassett to Abbott Elementary’s Sheryl Lee Ralph. And extra knockout brand-in-lights moments for the label are virtually positively coming. Kirk Pickersgill, who now solely oversees Greta, after the current departure of co-founder Stephen Wong, says he crafted the model’s fall 2023 assortment with “pink carpet and big day dressing” prime of thoughts.
“I’m calling this assortment All About Eve-ning,” Pickersgill joked. “As a result of it’s extra about night put on. It’s additionally about shifting ahead and understanding the route the corporate goes in.”
To faucet into this spirit, Pickersgill found main inspiration via a basic Self-importance Honest photoshoot inventive directed by the late André Leon Talley. The 1996 unfold, titled “Scarlett within the Hood,” reimagined the world of Gone with the Wind with Black individuals entrance and heart, Naomi Campbell taking over Scarlett O’Hara’s iconic function. Pickersgill used the photoshoot as a strong information. He tapped into Talley’s imaginative and prescient of Black the Aristocracy via cinched cocktail attire paired with semi-sheer capes, a kelly inexperienced robe with a dramatic prepare, and an outsized white fake fur coat. These are garments made for a grand arrival. Pickersgill describes this season’s method as “taking concepts from the previous and making them trendy.” He tried his finest to keep away from a “costume” interpretation of classic glamour by pairing a voluminous skirt with, say, a tee shirt.
There are tried-and-true Greta Constantine staples on this assortment, too. For instance: items crafted within the modern “neoprene-esque” material Pickersgill has utilized in previous seasons. Wealthy colour is one other recurring throughline. This time Pickersgill used kelly inexperienced, azealia, and peacock blue—colours one may discover on the set of an Previous Hollywood movie (since they confirmed up effectively in black-and-white). New methods and materials had been employed as effectively, in fact. Most notably, robes constructed out of silk faille. “It’s an outdated material they used to make use of again within the day, within the court docket,” Pickersgill mentioned. “It’s like a paper-type material that offers you a whole lot of quantity with out making the garment too heavy.” All in all, the brand new assortment represents a regal and assured step ahead for Greta Constantine.