Hello Free Spirits, this article has me very excited! As many of you know I became a fan of sustainable and vegan fashion after my 6 month no shopping challenge. Read about it here (6 months without Shopping: How I did it and what I learned) With the MET gala finishing off the timing is perfect for me to introduce how fashion can be eco friendly. This weeks MET gala took place in NYC and if you are wondering what this is let me tell you briefly before I get into my sustainable fashion post.
The MET Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. It is a time for world leading fashion designers to showcase their best fashion pieces using accomplished celebrities as models and actors.
In my opinion Emma Watsons dress won the MET’s best dressed category! Claire Danes’ strapless Zac Posen gown was cool and all glowing in the dark but Emma’s beautiful dress was a perfect marriage of ethics and aesthetics!
Emma’s dress was a made out of recycled fabrics as well as yarns made from recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton!
Who knew recycled and organic materials could look so good!
The designers of this dress were Calvin Klein and Livia Firth a eco-fashion activist and founder of Eco Age Ltd a green consultancy firm.
Fellow actors Lupita Nyongo and Margot Robbie also wore dresses designed by Eco Age with sustainable elements incorporated.
Eco Age Ltd worked with many other designers such as Gucci. The group collaborated with Gucci in 2013 during the launch of The GCC Gucci Luxury Handbag Collection. Which was the first luxury leather collection by any luxury goods brand, which was sourced from The Rainforest Alliance certified cattle ranches and the first with zero-deforestation certified leather! Proof that you dont need to kill and genetically engineer animals to make your leather materials. The fashion industry is making changes slowly. Hopefully more designers will catch up to this trend.
Why I love Emma Watson and why I think she is Eco-Conscious role model!
From the MET gala: While Kim Kardashian and Kanye talked about how the highlight of their trip to Iceland was eating horse and Reindeer meat. Kanye adding how it tastes “like Christmas”, I’m not even joking that is what that genius* said. Emma Watson made a somewhat revolutionary statement by wearing a eco and Animal friendly dress to the MET gala. You go girl! She also used her interview time to talk about how “Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the #MetGala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.” I’m so happy to see that there are celebrities out there that use their five minutes of fame to talk about relevant things. So that is basically my big FUCK YOU to Kanye and Kim.
Emma Watson helped create a line of clothing for People Tree, a sustainable and fair trade fashion line. You can find it here: http://www.peopletree.co.uk She is also a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador advocating gender equality.
I love it when celebrities use their fame to advocate for improving the environment and peoples lives! I will be posting more articles about sustainable fashion as well as eco celebrity role models! Subscribe and follow me on social media to read more about vegan fashion and cool celebrities! Join the eco revolution!
Love, Nicole N <3