The scene is set at an underground garage. The headlights of three cars illuminate the concrete runway, feeling as it’s miles long. Three models strut in silence, wearing some of the design duo’s previous hits. And then the show starts.
Affectionately known as the Jersey Boys, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Greta Constantine have been moving away from their signature fabric for the past few seasons to prove to their critics they’re more than a one-note design team. They want to show they can do more with other fabrics and fabrications.
Upon reviewing the sketchy one-pager, one had to wonder what was in store. There are over 40 descriptive words of inspiration – “urban” and “sassy” to “mysterious” and “vulnerable” are mixed in.
Several trends are shown on the runway. There is a touch of Lanvin (floaty parachute dress, rows of fine feathers, netting), Roberto Cavalli (laser-printed silks and leather), Balmain (exaggerated shoulders).
Beyond that, the sharp tailoring is evident on tight-fitted black pieces with white piping, tops made of rows upon rows of fine, metallic ribbons, and silky, gauzy white dresses resembling an opening lily.
The collection is striking in many ways and will make editors deliriously happy to get their hands on it. The individual pieces stand out as if they are all designed for a photo spread. Point and shoot.