03/15/2012 07:59 EDT | Updated 05/15/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto Fashion Week 2012: Ezra Constantine Makes A Minimalist Debut With Menswear Collection

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TORONTO - Ezra Constantine made its Toronto Fashion Week debut on Thursday with a decidedly minimalist approach to menswear.

Toronto-based design duo Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill have been dubbed "jersey boys" for their embrace of the fluid, draped fabric in their popular womenswear line, Greta Constantine. But knits and wools were the story in the latest creations from their menswear label, which was developed in 2009.

Steeped in a colour palette of cream, grey and black, the collection was relatively spare, with its chunky knit sweaters, twist-collar tops and wool pants. But there were both subtle and more overt touches to amp up the looks, such as fluid funnel collars on turtlenecks and oversized copper clothespins fastened on sweaters.

The design duo also opted for the unconventional, such as the splashes of sequins embellishing tanks, shirts and sweaters. There was a futuristic touch with sculptured sleeves on pullovers and shimmering silver metallic V-necks and pants.