A Look Inside Greta Constantine's Lavish La Piscine Pool Party
Posted: Aug 31 2015
Leave it to the boys behind Greta Constantine to host the ultimate chic pool party in the middle of summer in Canada. See below for an intimate look inside the glamorous night!
Last Wednesday evening, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Toronto-based womenswear label Greta Constantine presented an amuse-bouche of the label's spring/summer 2016 collection. Held at the Annex residence of Michael Cooper and Krystal Koo, the showing served both as a reflection on the duo's Parisian debut for the fall/winter 2015 season and a lead up to their next showing slated for early October.
Now in its sixth rendition, the intimate gathering welcomed much of the best-dressed set to what was aptly tagged "La Piscine Party." A hedge maze spotted with topiary balls greeted guests upon arrival while water leapt and danced through the fountain in the pool erected for the evening. Ebony mannequins, inspired by fashion illustrations and dotted around the garden, were draped, tucked, pleated, and sculpted in black silk wool, microfiber, and lace from the Greta Constantine spring/summer 2016 collection. Bow and tie detailings loaned a darkly romantic air as night fell.
Of course, it would not be a Greta Constantine celebration without beverage pairings courtesy of Apothic Wine. Apothic White, a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Grigio, offers a crisp, balanced finish with its refreshing flavours of peach and apricot while Apothic Red, a masterful blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, creates layers of dark red fruit complemented by hints of vanilla and mocha. To highlight the evening's distintinctive wines, a pair of well-toned, bare-torosoed men stomped without abandon in shallow wooden barrels filled to the brim with grapes.
Scrumptious bites left guests well fed courtesy of Chef Christine Vynal's riff on flavours inspired by the City of Light. From the celery boat with whipped brandade, speckled with caviar to the brie crostini with fig jam over a shot glass of cherry French beer, the evening was equal parts fete and feast. Between nibbles, guests hydrated with glacéau smartwater.
As sundown neared, attendees were treated to a pair of performances from Opera Atelier's upcoming 30th Anniversary Season. Soprano Meghan Lindsay and dancer Elizabeth Kalashnikova delighted with excerpts from Opera Atelier's production of the French Baroque masterpiece Armide, which will tour to the Palace of Versailles in the fall following its Toronto dates. In all, an enthralling, impromptu addition to a sumptuous evening.
A duet of models-cum-guests with beauty by MAC Cosmetics (make-up) and Pai-Shau in partnership with BANG Salon and Page One Management (hair), moved through the crowds with wine glasses in tow. And in doing so, they showed that the new season was really just a few sips away.
(all images by George Pimentel)