This October, the Toronto fashion world was shocked to hear that designer duo Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, the minds behind the Toronto-based brand Greta Constantine, where not on this season’s Fashion Week calendar. The pair did their own thing this season. They delayed presenting their line to the public for more than a month and held their runway show at a totally new location, Toronto’s Distillery District. The spring/summer 2013 line was made up of form-fitted dresses in black, white, and navy, a total contrast to their usual collections of bright flowing gowns. The 34-piece line was sober in colour but bold in detail. The pleats, cut-outs, and wild head-pieces made show a must-see. Greta Constantine showed Toronto that spring doesn’t need to mean colours, prints and patterns. Sometimes things change.

The boys of Greta Constantine did not totally shun World MasterCard Fashion week this season. Their 5 Black collection, a collection of Asian-inspired dresses and angled garments in shiny golds, greens, brass and bronze fabrics, made a surprise appearance on one of the final days of fashion week. The line, which was designed in collaboration with 5 Gum, was bold and fun and reminded the fashion world that the Constantine boys, even though they weren’t showing their full spring line, were still a force to be reckoned with.

-Elayne Millar