And rightly so.
Every year, first Monday of May, the Metropolitan Meuseum of Art, New York hosts a grand Met Gala – an invitation-only annual fundraiser curated by Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour. Initially called “Party of the Year” (and it always is), the Costume Institute at the Met, has to finance its own activities and this gala is its biggest fundraiser.
The sustainability icon and initiator of the Green Carpet Challenge, Livia Firth (founder of Eco-age and wife of actor, Colin Firth) looked stunning in a silver pineapple leaf fiber (also known as Piñatex) dress by Italian designer Laura Strambi. Her unusual sartorial choice was met with curiosity and a generous dose of appreciation.
“I love to think of each red carpet opportunity as a sustainability project in itself,” said Livia Firth, the UN Leader of Change and the Rainforest Alliance Award honoree.
Piñatex fibers are a natural by-product of the pineapple harvest process, and requires no extra land, water, fertilizers, or pesticides during production. This innovative cruelty-free, vegan material is new on the fashion scene, and has the same look and feel of leather.
Here’s a look at some other celebrities who pushed the boundaries and made sustainable choices that were cruelty-free:
Brazilian supermodel, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme and a co-host to the MET GALA 2017, Gisele wore a sexy, (very) low-cut bespoke pewter gown made from organic silk embroidered with sustainable glass beads, by Stella McCartney.
Stella McCartney, Kate Hudson
Stella, a vegan and sustainable fashion designer and Kate, a popular American actress together made a strong style statement by sporting hair styled by exclusively vegan and cruelty-free products by ABBA.
Styled by Peter Gray who has this to say, “People don’t have to be granola to be environmentally conscious. It alienates people.” He went on to say that he always seeks out hair products that aren’t tested on animals. Kate Hudson’s white top knot was inspired by the avant-garde dress code. Stella McCartney’s was a nod to Jerry Hall with its cornrow part and rock-star waves.
She looked beautiful in a plunging black gown by designer Stella McCartney (again!), with transparent shimmer netting across the front and back, made with sustainable materials.
This year’s event celebrated the work of 74-year-old Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, who is one of fashion’s most revered creative visionaries and known for pushing boundaries. She founded the avant-garde label, Comme des Garçons (French for “like some boys”) in 1969, and continues to inspire with her bold and authentic view of fashion and the creative arts.
She proved that you could be an outsider and still be influential, that you could follow your instincts and still make a difference.
We leave you with a picture from the Met Gala archive collection that we couldn’t stop looking at. Trump with his ex-wife and the mesmerizing Lady Diana.
This post has been written by Monica Chopra, you may write to her on firstname.lastname@example.org