And The Winner Is….

Feb 2011

Even though I was entrenched in the fashion industry for over 20 years, my focus has been the home of late. So it gives me great pleasure to post about fashion in honor of The Academy Awards.  Let me tell you, researching eco-couture has not been easy.  There does not seem to be a lot of focus or support for this arm of the industry. Many of the designers I was able to discover, have since shuttered their doors, and a lot of the category falls into the wedding genre. I was, however,  completely smitten with the amazing upcycled designs of London based designer Gary Harvey. He has found an incredible new life for second hand finds.

Sculptural repurposing of  21 laundry bags by Gary Harvey

Gary Harvey design incorporating 30 copies of the London Financial Times

Tiered ball gown with corset waist from Gary Harvey 

Shpetim Zero incorporates sustainable silks and satins into his romantic designs with a vintage feel.

Sculptural Design from Shpetim Zero via eco Couture

Classic vintage interpretation from Shpetim Zero via eco Couture

And the winner is… Livia Firth, wife of Best Actor nominee Colin, who rocks the red carpet in eco-couture. Her Green Carpet challenge began in 2009 when she accompanied her husband to the Venice Film Festival for the premier of Tom Ford’s elegant and impossibly beautiful A Single Man.  She has since committed to providing a platform for designers who create with sustainable fabrics and stay focused on social justice issues within the fashion industry. The Jeff Garner gown from the Golden Globes has nothing granola about it.  The subtle dove grey color is from plant and earth based dyes. His company, Prophetik, stays true to their low impact production and conservation of resources.  Their “Farm to Fashion” motto is evident in all their elegant and creative apparel.

Livia Firth in Jeff Garner  Photo Credit: EPA