The invitation said “Dress Royally”. I had no idea what to expect, but, I should have known. This was the 10 year anniversary celebration for Greta Constantine, after all! The Canadian duo has been making huge waves — especially after their Paris presentation. What a party it was!

 

I was so thrilled to get the invitation that I RSVP’d without really looking at the invite. When I decided to take a look I found that they had rented out Casa Loma — Canada’s very own ‘Xanadu’, built by industrialist tycoon Sir Henry Pellatt.

Then I realized that I was going to be spending an evening with Kirk Pickersgill, Stephen Wong, and the entire Greta Constantine crew in an ultra-glamorous gothic mansion perched on a hill with a Wayne Manor-like view of downtown Toronto. So I’d better find something lavish to wear. I wondered what everyone else would be wearing and who might be attending. How exclusive was this event? And how many people could even fit into this castle? 50? 100?

The event exceeded my expectations! There were easily 300 invitees and not only were they all dressed in style, but in the royal thematic. The room pulsed with music, the lighting was dramatic, the food was superb, and the drinks delicious (with a new one finding its way into your hand as soon as you finished one).

 

 

My first stop was backstage, where beautiful models were being prepped. Every model wore a Greta Constantine statement piece, each more impactful than the next. All the outfits were quite unique and the whole collection held together strongly. There was a sense of excitement in the air as models were eager to embrace such powerful looks. The hair and makeup was as dramatic as their fierce attire. Eyes were lost deep in black rectangles – as if they drove down Fury Road to get to the party – paired with bright red lips.

On the hair front, Steven Turpin, Creative Ambassador and spokesperson for Moroccanoil, showed me Kirk and Stephen’s inspiration. Meticulous attention to detail doesn’t even begin to explain it. Each model had a unique hairstyle designed to compliment their look. The entire Morocconoil team worked hard to deliver the Greta Constantine vision.

Kirk and Stephen wanted everyone to feel like a star so they set up a red carpet photo-booth where partygoers first walked in. If they preferred a more old-school approach, there were fashion illustrators ready to draw your portrait. I had mine hand drawn by Stephanie Ayoub from Bone Set Studios.

The space was cavernous. It was entirely oak, with high ceilings, chandeliers, and a replica of their design studio complete with dress forms, a cutting table, and racks of “work in progress”. Everyone was dressed to kill in tiaras and crowns combined with runway couture.  Men wore cravats, bow ties, and perfectly coiffed hair. There was a great energy in the room with just the right amount of eccentricity.

At 10:00 pm Coco Rocha gave a special toast to the visionary duo. Her speech was genuine and full of memories. She expressed a profound admiration for their talent and said that there is nothing she likes more than wearing a Greta Constantine outfit to a special event. Personally, I couldn’t agree more!

Even if everyone looked their best at the party, if you weren’t wearing a Greta Constantine piece, well then you weren’t wearing a Greta Constantine! It was definitely a night to remember.

 

Photo credit: George Pimentel 

 

 

 

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