2022 was finally the year of sustainable fashion – Footwear News
With all the challenges the pandemic has brought – the juggling of supply chains, human resources, shifting consumer trends and a cloud of uncertainty that continues to ripple through stock markets, economies and communities – it’s no surprise (but no less disappointing) that the fashion industry’s sustainability and climate action efforts have fallen into a mudslide over the past few years.
Which is why it was somewhat surprising to see so many designers and Met Gala stars trying out sustainable fashion on Monday night’s star-studded red carpet.
Second-hand looks (better known as “archive” pieces among fashion purists and high-profile vintage collectors) were plentiful, as brands dug into their own archives and collections to see how they could give old dresses another moment in the spotlight.
Other designers, meanwhile, have turned to existing materials, such as unused fabrics and fully recycled fabrics, to create a new look that reduces climate impact.
Although a single red carpet look cannot go so far as to reduce fashion’s impact on the environment and rapid climate change, the move could be seen more as a symbolic statement to a mass audience (aAccording to digital consumer intelligence platform Brand Watch, the #MetGala hashtag received more than 9.4 billion impressions during the Met Gala red carpet TV broadcast, and the #MetGala2022 hashtag racked up 1. 3 billion impressions. The impact lies in the message: that
Attached is a look at some of the best sustainable fashion looks from the Met Gala 2022:
Shawn Mendes in an upcycled Tommy Hilfiger
The singer-songwriter’s wool suit and coordinating color-block peacoat in recycled materials. Mendes wore the navy blue suit with the peaked lapel collar and did the same with a navy blue pea coat, which was double-breasted with gold buttons and had burgundy wool lapels and sleeve. The Met Gala look is also said to be a preview of an upcoming project between the star and the designer.
Emma Stone in her own Louis Vuitton wedding dress
Among a cohort of Louis Vuitton ambassadors who experimented with recycled materials and archival pieces, the actress chose a very specific archival piece from the brand to wear, namely her own wedding dress. The mini dress, which Stone wore as a party dress after her 2020 ceremony with writer-director Dave McCary, was custom-made for the actress by the French fashion house as a slip-on dress with a feather accented hemline and lace straps. Along with supporting the idea of wearing a wedding dress again, Hollywood stars have also been rehearsing their expensive outfits.
Billie Eilish in upcycled Gucci
The musical entertainer managed to be both party-themed and eco-conscious, in a Gucci dress that used recycled ivory and duchess satin to create a corseted dress with a fabric underlay. green lace and an ivory ruched duchess satin skirt with padded bustle. The dress also featured a cascading floral arrangement on the train and a tonal duchess bodice with lilac accents. Her accessories consisted of a black choker with jet black scalloped embroidery and beige platform shoes made from vegan materials. The look is just the latest in the star’s ongoing efforts to promote sustainable and conscious fashion choices – Eilish recently launched a vegan and upcycled sneaker with Nike and also got Oscar de la Renta to commit to go fur-free when she took to the red carpet in a pink tulle gown at last year’s Met Gala.
Michelle Yeoh in Prabal Gurung
For the actress’ mint green dress, the designer used upcycled silk faille, which was done with a fluted hem, hand-draped bodice and cascading cape, which definitely proves that a recycled look can be lavish. The dress was paired with a diamond and colored stone necklace by Tasaki which also had a waterfall design (it was also designed by Gurung, who is the creative director of the Japanese jewelry brand).
Emily Ratajkowski in the Versace archives
The model and author hit the red carpet in an Atelier Versace archive dress from the Spring/Summer 1992 collection, which featured a metal bustier made of a spray of multicolored resin stones and baroque leaves, and an asymmetrical georgette skirt in a floral print and geometric contrasted with tulle and beaded fringes. The look was a perfect example of the power of archival fashion, where vintage Versace pieces – especially collections designed by Gianni Versace before his death in 1997 – often sell for thousands of dollars. This one certainly would be.
Amber Valetta in vintage Azzaro
For the model’s gold red carpet look, stylist Karla Welch found a 1980s gold pleated lamé dress designed by Loris Azzaro of Los Angeles boutique Aralda Vintage. The vintage boutique was recently tapped by Marc Jacobs to curate a selection of his own archival pieces within his Heavn line, which has a new store on Fairfax Avenue in LA
Camila Cabello in recycled Prabal Gurung
Gurung also reportedly designed a recycled look for another of his stars, Camila Cabello. The designer used white silk duchess satin to create a column dress with a lace-up front, cutouts, a long train and a bustle in the front that featured hand-cut and painted flowers (all resembling a bouquet of flowers wrapped in white paper).
Kim Kardashian in Marilyn Monroe dress
Yes, even Kim’s look was technically in the sustainable camp this year. The vintage nude dress adorned with sublease beads was the same one worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday in 1962. After apparently paying 1 $440 to designer Jean-Louis (who created the dress from a sketch by Bob Mackie, then 21), the 60-year-old dress first sold at auction in 1999 for more than a million million, then again in 2016 for $4.8 million. It is now owned by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum, which loaned the dress to Kardashian for the red carpet. Although the star ended up wearing a replica of the dress after walking up the stairs at the Met, the prominence of the original dress certainly helps promote the idea of turning to vintage to make a statement.