At a star-studded fashion event in Milan on Sunday night, the latest sustainable trends and innovation in fashion were on show at their luxurious best. Gowns, dresses and suits made from handwoven palm straw, recycled polyester, organic silk, upcycled denim… were gloriously worn by stars, designers and fashion influencers at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards hosted by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Eco-Age. The two-year-old awards honour “both the handprint of fashion (the human capital that goes into the making of fashion apparel and accessories), and the footprint of fashion (the natural capital and environmental impact)”.

Hamish Bowles, American Vogue’s international editor-at-large, was the creative director for the awards. The square outside the event venue, La Scala, was transformed into a beautiful garden with a green carpet made 100% waste materials.  He said: “The hummingbird motif that is threaded through the Green Carpet Fashion Awards gala was chosen as this tiny bird symbolises industry, adaptability and resilience – all qualities that are integral to the concept of sustainability.”

The five finalists of the CNMI Green Carpet Talent Competitions were Davide Grillo, Behno, Gilberto Calzolari, Wrad and Teatum Jones.  See the complete list of winners below.

Looks we love:

Gilberto Calzolari

Gilberto was crowned winner of the Franca Sozzani GCC Best Emerging Designer Award, for his dress crafted from jute coffee bags embellished with with Swarovski’s lead-free Advanced Elements crystals. According to Vogue, the bags were originally crafted in Brazil. “Calzolari purchased the sacks from the Navigli market in Milan where they are sold to use as barriers to curb the flooding of canals, a growing concern due to climate change.”

Hari Nef

Hari presented the Frumat Leather with the Technology and Innovation Award for innovative textile technology in which apple waste is used to make a bio-based leather – solving both a waste problem and an ecological one. Hari wore a custom Gucci gown designed with sustainable sequins in recycled PET, featured in coloured stripes and multi-dimensional flower embroideries, and sustainably coloured beaded fringes made of glass bugles.

Cate Blanchet 

Cate presented the Eco Stewardship Award to Australian woolgrowers. She wore Stella McCartney from the 2014 Green Carpet Collection, hand printed with certified water-based inks, certified sustainable wool and GOTS certified organic silk fabric.

Cameron Russell Cameron was awarded the The Changemaker Award for using her social platforms for social good. She has systematically exposed harassment and mistreatment of models in the fashion industry through her social media campaign #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse, leading to a series of important changes within the industry. Her gown is made of Canopy Style sustainable viscose, ensuring that the world’s ancient and endangered forests are not used to create fabrics.

Alba Rohrwacher

Alba wore a custom Valentino dress made from two types of repurposed certified organic silk produced by two historical Italian textile manufacturers. No new materials have been dyed nor produced to create this dress.

Isabeli Fontana 

Isabeli wore a Missoni dress created using materials from the Missoni archive, and repurposed components from vintage Missoni prototype garments.

There were thirteen awards in total, all of which are seen through a sustainability lens focused on people, planet, place and profit. Here are the list of the winners:

The Visionary Award: Suzy Menkes
The Handprint Award: Antonio Giacomo Lampasi, Lionella Maria Morano, Giacomo Puzzello and Crispino Maria from monterosso
The Art of Craftmanship: The Cobblers of Ferragamo
Technology and Innovation: Frumat leather
The Wellness Award: Elle Macpherson
Supply Chain Innovation: Sourcemap
Eco Stewardship Award: The Woolmark farmers
The CNMI in recognition for Community and Social Justice: Diego Della Valle and Renzo Rosso
The Franca Sozzani GCC Award for best emerging designer: Gilberto Calzolari
Sustainable Producer: Bonotto
The GCFA Leaders Award: Sinéad Burke
The CNMI in recognition for sustainability: Donatella Versace
The Changemaker Award: Cameron Russell

See Eco-Age for all the information and many more pictures. 

Images: Eco-Age and Instagram