August 28 2014

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The Red Carpet Goes Green


Livia Giuggioli, wife of Oscar winner Colin Firth, really knows how to influence friends and family—that’s exactly what she did when she convinced Giorgio Armani and Valentino, as well as her husband and Michael Fassbender, to go green for the red carpet.

“I knew all along that I didn’t want to be alone in my quest for sustainable clothes—I needed to drag some big names with me,” she tells And sustainable clothes are exactly the raison d’être behind her Green Carpet Challenge (GCC), which she launched this year with partner Lucy Siegle. The mission? To get a roll call of A-list designers to come out with sustainable frocks for the busy awards season, and to get corresponding A-list actors to wear them on the red carpet.

After she issued her edict, the big guns responded, including Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Gucci, and Tom Ford. Last night’s BAFTA Awards were a one-two punch for Firth—not only did she get Firth and Fassbender to wear Armani tuxedos made with accents from recycled organic wool, but she convinced Valentino (in his inaugural attempt at eco-fashion) to design Viola Davis’ gown, which was partly made from recycled soda bottles.

Like Valentino, Armani is not experienced with eco-fashion. Armani’s tuxedos for Firth and Fassbender were only his second attempt at it—the first being the custom-made silk gown he designed for Giuggioli’s Golden Globes red-carpet walk, also made from recycled fibers of plastic bottles. Going green independent of the Green Carpet Challenge, Michelle Williams walked the BAFTA red carpet in a custom gown designed by—wait for it—H&M.

Giuggioli, who was wearing a sustainable tuxedo designed by Sir Paul Smith, says, “People have long been aware of what they put in their bodies. Now it is time to be conscious of what you put on them. I think Ali Hewson, Bono’s wife, said it the best when she said, ‘Every piece of clothing tells a story of who made that garment. We are working towards making sure that you have a good story to tell.’ “

Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Alexa Chung For Superga, Winehouse Family Upset By JPG Show, A First Look At Marni’s H&M Collection, And More…


Alexa Chung was the face of Superga’s Spring campaign last year, and she has taken up the role once more this season. Guy Aroch photographed Chung, who styled the shoot under the brand’s easy instructions: “Go create.” [Telegraph]

Amy Winehouse’s dad, Mitch Winehouse, has spoken out against Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest Couture show, calling it “in bad taste.” Of his Winehouse tribute, Gaultier tells WWD, “I think Amy Winehouse was truly a fashion icon” and said that he felt compelled to celebrate her look. [WWD]

Marni’s H&M collection isn’t out until March, but the first campaign image appears to have leaked on The Fashion Spot. The image shows a shiny print number. [Huff Po]

Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth received his CBE today at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles made him a CBE for his services to drama. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Superga / Guy Aroch

The King’s Bling


Livia Giuggioli, wife of the future Sir Colin Firth, one-upped herself last night. Her Green Carpet challenge, in which she goes fully sustainably gowned to every awards show—and no movie has provided more opps than The King’s Speech—became the Green-and-Gold Challenge. Her gown was righteous. It was by Southeast London designer Gary Harvey, formerly of Levi’s, who cut it from 11 vintage frocks dating from the start of George VI’s reign. But her jewelry! Her earrings and enormous cocktail ring were forged from not merely fair trade, but fair-trade fair-mined ecological gold, and with fully traceable gems. This was a world first.

Nothing so fancy has ever been so traceable. The Oro Verde gold came from Colombia, via CRED jewelry‘s mine workers’ collective, whose members extract the precious metal by hand, thus avoiding poisons like cyanide and mercury. The diamonds were courtesy of the Liqhobong Women Miners Cooperative in Lesotho, and the 35 carats of aquamarines came from Lundazi, a community mine in Zambia, and were hand-exported to Sri Lanka for cutting before being personally couriered to London for Livia’s selection by conscientious gemologist Guy Clutterbuck. Livia was impressed. “He reminded me of my dad and the stories he shared with me as a kid when he used to travel all over Africa and Saudi Arabia,” she said. “You wonder why there aren’t more characters like him in the world today.”

Livia then selected the stones with Brighton-based jewelry designer Anna Loucah, who also made—out of recycled white gold, ethical rubies and purple spinel, carbon-neutral pearls, and conflict-free black diamonds—her Firth-triumphant Golden Globe suite of bracelet and earrings. This stuff must be lucky.

Kate Sekules is the founder of the haute-cycling swap site

Photos: Jason Merritt / Getty Images (Giuggioli and Firth); Courtesy of CRED (jewelry details)

Blasblog: At A Single Man Screening, Colin Firth Says Tom Ford Is No Novice


When I got a last-minute invitation to a screening of Tom Ford’s feature-film debut, A Single Man, I assumed I’d be trudging into Leicester Square on a Friday night with a troop of other grumpy journalists. To say the least, it was a pleasant surprise to take my seat in a Ford cheering section at the Vue theater among Stella McCartney, Lisa Eisner, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, Tim Jefferies, Richard Buckley, and the handsome designer-turned-director himself. Also in attendance were the stars of the film: Colin Firth, Matthew Goode, and Nicholas Hoult, a group which Firth himself pointed out was “quite the handsome cast.” (Julianne Moore and Ginnifer Goodwin also appear in the film, but weren’t at the screening.) Continue Reading “Blasblog: At A Single Man Screening, Colin Firth Says Tom Ford Is No Novice” »

tom ford in the director’s chair


Tom Ford makes his directorial debut in as understated a way as is possible for him. By which we mean Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and some other famous people will be starring in it.

Without Posh to keep him in line, David Beckham turns into an uncontrollable, lustful man with eyes only for hot pants-clad cheerleaders. What a cad.

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