Monday, January 16, 2012

Walking The Green Carpet

Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? We actually did see snow here. Not too much, but plenty to make it a perfect time to cozy in and read, watch movies, stay glued to Downton Abbey and catch bits of The Golden Globes. Admittedly I watched the latter mostly for the fashion, and was quite curious to see what "Mrs. Darcy" (AKA Livia Firth) would wear.

 Getting Ready for the 2012 Oscars (Vogue UK)

I posted during last year's award season about Livia Firth's  "Green Carpet Challenge," her ongoing effort to promote through fashion "social justice, environmental integrity and the very best in design." Since she began her efforts in 2010, most of her gowns have been re-purposed or up-cycled, like the creation she wore to last year's Oscars, which was made from 11 different dresses sourced from Cancer Research shops and vintage stores, each piece dating from the era of The King's Speech, for which her husband took home the Best Actor statue.

At the 2010 Golden Globes in re-purposed Christiana Couture wedding dress

This year some of the biggest names in fashion have signed up to join the Green Carpet Challenge, including Chanel, Tom Ford, and Yves St. Laurent.

In GCC-standard Stella McCartney at the 2011 Met Ball

Her gown for last night's Globes was designed to "GCC standards" by Giorgio Armani. Apparently, the fabric was made from recycled bottles!

LA Times

 Jason Olive 

I confess that when I shop for a new dress, I'm mostly concerned with the "pretty" factor and how well it flatters my best features while disguising the rest. But I love that Olivia Firth is passionate about her cause and making us all think more about the impact of the clothes we put on our backs--and that she's drawn some of the best of the design world to get involved.

Jason Olive

I'm looking forward to seeing what she wears as the award season unfolds... and we can all follow her (and Mr Darcy Colin) on the Green Carpet by way of her blog.

For the record, though, my vote for best dressed at the Golden Globes goes to...

ABC News

Uggie, the adorable dog from The Artist. Such classic style. Well-played, Uggie!

8 comments:

  1. I love this movement, and it will be interesting to see if it has staying power with designers across the board.....for Hollywood to embrace it on a big scale has a tremendous impact on what the general public will do (sad but true). I watched about half of it...and must say most everyone looked their best last night, I was impressed, they all seemed to be glowing! Wasn't that impressed with Ricky hosting though..thought some of his comments were way out of line and judging by the looks of some of the attendees I was not alone.
    But I agree the golden globe goes to Uggie, what a cutie pie!

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  2. The dog is adorable! He won my heart too.
    Will have to check out her blog, because she is so pretty, and a mommy of twins from what I remember!
    Lucky you to have snow. Have a great Monday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  3. A celebrity with a social (and environmental) "conscience." How unusual. I hope many follow in her footsteps. It does not hurt that she is also a beautiful woman. Ah, that Italian blood! Mr Darcy - sorry, Colin Firth - is one lucky man. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  4. I only knew of his wife through a friend here, who happened to be in the same birthing class with her when they were both pregnant! She sounds like a very impressive woman - guess I'm going to have look her up and watch some of the golden globes on Youtube tonight. :) (when I'm not packing that is!!! :))

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  5. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed your post. I think Livia Firth is amazing... thanks for sharing! Love Uggie too!

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  6. Ok, I have a secret to admit: I still have not seen "The Artist". Frankly, it makes no sense at all! It would seem to be everything that I love in a movie, non? I need to get it together before it is too late.

    I loved this post--thanks for spreading the awareness.

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  7. LOVED the dog!! A worthy cause - I missed her, if she was there, last night - I tuned in late. But I must say it was the over 50 crowd that rocked the runway. Michelle Pfeiffer, Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren were stunning standouts!!

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  8. I thought the fashions were so beautiful. Love that she is so socially responsible, but must admit, I often feel like you, just excited to find something I love!!

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