By Katy Caric
From the Golden Globes and Oscars to Cannes and the Met Gala, it seems celebrities are keen to show off their green cred by donning ethical evening wear on the red – or should we say, green – carpet. In fact, a whole range of A listers from Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Cameron Diaz and beyond have won a bit more respect from eco-fashionistas thanks to the sustainable gowns and jewellery they’ve worn on various occasions.
Much of this behaviour has been spurred on by Livia Firth of the Eco-Age. The wife of Colin Firth is well enough connected to encourage her celebrity friends to work with designers to create outfits that highlight sustainable luxury from head to toe, and her Green Carpet Challenge aims to convert anyone doubtful that green fashion can be chic and glamorous.
Here, we’ve selected 10 of the best ethical red carpet outfits, ever.
1. Gisele Bundchen – The Met Gala (2017)
Gisele is in an embroidered cutout gown made by sustainability leader Stella McCartney for the Green Carpet Challenge from Eco-Age. The dress is made with some beautiful certified organic silk (surprising, considering Stella prizes herself as being a vegan designer), and has glass bead embroidery over the dress.
Image: Stella McCartney
2. Emma Watson in Calvin Klein – The Met Gala (2016)
For the Green Carpet Challenge in 2016, Emma wore a gown made by Calvin Klein, featuring organic cotton and Newlife fabric, derived from recycled Italian water bottles. The lining was silk, and Emma vowed to wear the dress or parts of it at least 30 times (has she, though…?)
Image: Emma Watson Facebook
3. Emily Blunt in Carolina Herrera – The Met Gala (2013)
This look is from all the way back in 2013! The gown was made with certified vintage 1960 Italian black wool with a certified vintage 1940 French black silk chiffon lining. And Emily’s husband, John Krasinski, was her very best accessory – he wore a sustainable Tom Ford tux made especially for the Green Carpet Challenge, created from OEKOTEX® certified, low environmental impact wool that was European spun.
4. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen – The Met Gala (2014)
While we definitely don’t appreciate Mary-Kate and Ashley’s love of fur, we love these vintage looks that they wore to the Met Gala. Mary-Kate inspired us to hunt down vintage clothing, with her striped vintage Chanel, and Ashley’s vintage military-inspired Gianfranco Ferré is classic enough to be worn again and again.
5. Isabelle Boemeke at the Met Gala 2018
Attending the MetGala2018 with Joe Gebs, Isabelle Boemeke looked like a stunning Byzantine goddess, styled by Sarah Slutsky in a J Mendel couture gown, handmade from sustainable materials in New York. Her jewellery is by Valani NYC, a family run business which has been supporting mining communities across the world for 80 years, and which also uses ethically sourced Gemfields coloured gemstones.
Image: Eco Age
6. Cate Blanchett – Golden Globes 2014 and Cannes 2018
Here’s one celeb that doesn’t mind wearing the same dress twice – at least! As President of The Cannes Film Festival jury, Cate Blanchett opened the Cannes red carpet in style this year in a Giorgio Armani Privé Couture gown that she had previously worn to The Golden Globes in 2014. The dress is accessorised with sustainably sourced Chopard jewellery.
Image: Eco Age
7. Livia Firth at the Met Gala (2018)
We couldn’t have a list like this without mentioning Livia Firth herself! Here, at the Met Gala this year, she dropped jaws with her pure silk Giambattista Valli gown and Chopard jewellery. Apparently, the designer sourced the exquisite silk from @Taronisilk, a company founded in 1880 in Como and chosen for its commitment to sustainable and responsible production,
8. Gisele Bundchen – The Met Gala (2018)
Yep, it’s Gisele again, but just look at that Versace gown! Made the#GreenCarpetChallenge, the fabric, lining and threads are all 100% GOTS organic silk, a certification that ensures the raw materials are organic and no toxic chemicals have been used. The zipper and all the inner materials used for the construction of the dress are made out of organic cotton, recycled plastic and all metal components are lead, nickel, colorants and chemical free. And let’s not forget that Versace has gone 100% fur free!
Image: Eco Age
9. Margot Robbie – Golden Globes (2018)
Australian actress Margot Robbie wore a demure black dress by Gucci to this year’s Golden Globes. Although still relatively new to sustainable sourcing, this Kering-owned luxury brand seemed like a well-timed choice for the young actress – especially given Gucci’s recent fur ban. And having recently released its ‘Culture of Purpose’ sustainability plan as well, we are all about celebrating brands that are working towards more responsible production.
10. Millie Bobby Brown – Golden Globes (2018)
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown (also pictured in the main image) wore a handmade dress by Calvin Klein By Appointment. Through supporting bespoke garments like these, Millie reduces the waste that’s caused by mass production, and also keeps artisanal clothes making traditions alive.
Images: Millie Bobby Brown Instagram (main); Getty Images (below)