Against a backdrop of falling snow and a slowly burning fire, cozy wools, luxe fur trims, jewel-toned velvets and neon pom-pom broaches defined the new Greta aesthetic. Toronto’s Jersey Boys, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, presented a collection that seemed to jump off the pages of a Russian romance novel set in the Orient.
Their signature jersey dresses were winterized with floor-grazing coats and cropped capes at the off-site showing. Flowing capes, princess tiered skirts and wide-legged pants in shades of crimson, charcoal, cobalt and eggplant were paired with exclusive paisley patterned boots created by Aldo, and styled with oversized scarves, thick waist-cinching belts and jingle bells dangling from the models’ fingers.
Backstage Beauty at LG Fashion Week: Greta Constantine
Greta Constantine designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill took on deep-winter dressing in their latest collection, and the hair and makeup for the show followed suit.
Adrian Carew, Schwarzkopf Professionals stylist and owner of Hair2Inc, was busy creating hair for the “relaxed, everyday woman” with a style meant to look “very minimal and uncontrived.” He began with OSiS Dust It Mattifying Powder to add texture to blow-dried hair, and then created a “makeshift bob” with a low, tucked and pinned under ponytail. The look was completed with a large thick scarf wrapped up for a bundled-up effect.
For the face, M.A.C Cosmetics Senior Artist Melissa Gibson went for a “cold, no makeup feeling, with a kind of wind-burn lower cheek,” embracing the effects of a Canadian winter. She was inspired by Tibetan children and Renaissance woman, and mixed M.A.C Cream Colour Blush in “Premeditated” and “Movie Star Red” along with “Root” to mimic a “pure and ruddy” look on the lower cheeks. Lids were layered with M.A.C Eye Shadow in “Coral,” “Orange” and “Sushi Flower” for a fleshy tone. Lashes were bare and lips muted with a touch of concealer.
Leanne Colley and the team from Toronto’s Tips Nail Bar added to the cold, wintery effect with pre-made nails made to seem as if the models had burnt them slightly when adding wood to the fire. The “charred” effect was created with OPI Nail Lacquer in “Black Onyx” faded to clear by diluting the polish with a topcoat. Male models, sporting looks from the Ezra Constantine men’s line, were given a thin black stripe at the edge of the nail with an extra fine tip polish brush.
By: Daniela DiStefano, Toronto
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