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!
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.
I'm looking forward to seeing what she wears as the award season unfolds... and we can all follow her (and
For the record, though, my vote for best dressed at the Golden Globes goes to...
Uggie, the adorable dog from The Artist. Such classic style. Well-played, Uggie!