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Oscars red carpet features a bit of green

Livia Firth Valentino

Livia Firth shows off her gown's original sketch and finished product. In the background, Colin Firth likely brushes his teeth. Photo via Eco-Age.

It’s fun to ooh and aah over the gowns that appear on Oscar night, but did you know that this year’s red carpet featured some eco-friendly frocks and suits?

You probably saw her on Sunday night: Livia Firth (the lovely wife of dashing actor Colin Firth) wore a Valentino gown made of recycled PET (that’s right, plastic) fabric and organic silk. Ms. Firth is one half of the Green Carpet Challenge, which seeks to mix Hollywood glamour and eco-friendly design at red-carpet events around the world.

Did you spot Best Actress winner Meryl Streep in her slinky gold gown? It was green! Lanvin designed it for her using eco-friendly fabric.

Even the men got in on the eco-action, with several actors wearing tuxedos made with ethically-gathered wool. What about Colin Firth himself? He wore the same tuxedo he donned last year when he won for The King’s Speech. How humble!

One of my favorite gowns of the night also had an eco-friendly spin. Natalie Portman wore a vintage red Dior gown—with polka dots—to the Oscars. I love when the stars wear vintage, and wear it well. Those Dior polka dots stole my heart!

It’s fun to see today’s film stars embracing a green fashion effort even while they’re attending the biggest events of the year. Kudos to them!

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