Centrally located in Toronto, Greta Constantine has built an impressive international client base and celebrity following. The Canadian label was worn by everyone from Julia Roberts to Angela Bassett to Abbott Elementary’s Sheryl Lee Ralph last year. More headline-grabbing brand-bright moments for the brand are almost certain to come. Kirk Pickersgill, who is now solely in charge of Greta following the recent departure of co-founder Stephen Wong, said he put “red carpet and special occasion wear” at the forefront of designing the label’s fall collection first place.
“I call this series All About Eve-ning,” jokes Pickersgill. “Because it’s more about eveningwear. It’s also about moving forward and seeing where the company is going.” Vanity Fair Photography idea directed by the late André Leon Talley. 2023 spread, titled “Scarlett in the Hood,” re-imagines the world of Gone with the Wind , black stands Front, center, Naomi Campbell plays the iconic role of Scarlett O’Hara. Pickersgill uses photo shoots as powerful guides. He embodies Tully’s vision of black aristocrats in tunic cocktail dresses paired with translucent capes, Kelly green gowns with exaggerated trains, and oversized white faux fur coats. These dresses are made for the grand arrival. Pickersgill described this season’s approach as “taking inspiration from the past and making it modern.” He tries to avoid “clothing” interpretations of vintage glamour, pairing oversized skirts with T-shirts and more.
There’s the tried and true Greta Constantine staple collection in this piece, too. Case in point: pieces made from innovative “neoprene-like” fabrics that Pickersgill has used in past seasons. Rich color is another recurring thread. This time Pickersgill used Kelly Green, Rhododendron, and Peacock Blue—colors one might find on the set of old Hollywood movies (because they work so well in black and white). Of course, new technologies and fabrics were also employed. Most notably, gowns made of silk faille. “It’s an old fabric they used to use in court,” Picksgill said. “It’s like a paper fabric that gives you a lot of volume without making the clothes too heavy.” All in all, the new collection represents a regal and confident step forward for Greta Constantine.