VIVIENNE WESTWOOD TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE GOWN FOR “LION” ACTRESS PRIYANKA BOSE

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE GOWN FOR “LION” ACTRESS PRIYANKA BOSE TO WEAR TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS ® IN HONOR OF RED CARPET GREEN DRESS INITIATIVE GOWN TO BE WORN WITH EXCLUSIVE PIECES FROM THE NEW ATELIER SWAROVSKI FINE JEWELRY COLLECTION

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 22, 2017) – Suzy Amis Cameron’s Eighth Annual Red Carpet Green Dress campaign, in partnership with Atelier Swarovski, has revealed that respected fashion brand Vivienne Westwood will create a custom-made sustainable gown to be worn by “Lion” actress Priyanka Bose to wear to the Academy Awards ® this Sunday.

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Bose, who portrays “Kamla Munshi” alongside Dev Patel, in the feature film “Lion”, will join her cast members and make her Oscars debut at the 89th Academy Awards in honor of the film’s six nominations including “Best Picture.”

“It’s an honor to be a part of this campaign, and help bring attention to how our fashion choices affect the environment,” shares Bose. “The impact my personal choices have on the environment in all aspects of my life is very important to me. I am excited to learn more about environmentally and socially conscious fabrics as I collaborate with Vivienne Westwood and the Red Carpet Green Dress team this award’s season. I feel humbled to have the opportunity to bring awareness to Red Carpet Green Dress’ mission to the entertainment industry and the world.”

The Vivienne Westwood couture house is a longtime supporter of the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative. The fashion house has previously created eco-friendly looks for actresses Naomie Harris and Lily Cole on behalf of the campaign in years past. This will be the first collaboration between Westwood and Bose.

The gown will be ethically made according to the Red Carpet Green Dress criteria. This can include a variety of resources such as the use of natural dyes and recycled materials to organic and repurposed fabrics- always with a focus on minimal negative impact on the environment, and environmentally and socially responsible design.

“Fashion is here to help,” says Westwood. “Buy less, choose well, make it last’ limits the exploitation of the planet’s natural resources. If you love something wear it all the time, don’t just suck it all up and consume. Find things that suit you. That’s how you look extraordinary.”

To complete the extraordinary look, Bose will wear exclusive pieces from the Atelier Swarovski’s fine jewelry collection, made with created diamonds. The collection will make its debut on the red carpet of the 89th Academy Awards ®.

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It is due to the aid of partners, such as Atelier Swarovski, and annual contests that financial security can be provided to MUSE School CA, an environmental non-profit educational organization Amis Cameron founded in Calabasas, Calif., with her sister Rebecca Amis. This assistance enables students to access a transformative educational experience. MUSE School CA ensures small class size, personalized instruction and learning practices; all set within an inspiring and beautiful campus. Through these key elements, MUSE School CA paves the way in creating leaders of the future. For more information, go to www.museschool.org. In addition to Atelier Swarovski’s collaboration, Earth Friendly Products, maker of ECOS™ Laundry Detergent will also continue their support for the third year of the high profile campaign.

In addition to Atelier Swarovski’s collaboration, Earth Friendly Products, maker of ECOS™ Laundry Detergent will also continue their support for the third year of the high profile campaign.

 

EMMA ROBERTS AND “LION” ACTRESS PRIYANKA BOSE TO JOIN RED CARPET GREEN DRESS ETHICAL FASHION CAMPAIGN WEARING ATELIER SWAROVSKI ON THE RED CARPET OF HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST NIGHT

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Los Angeles, CA (February 16, 2017) – The eco-friendly campaign Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) is pleased to announce that critically acclaimed actresses Emma Roberts and Priyanka Bose will be supporting the initiative this year. The actresses will wear exclusive pieces from Atelier Swarovski’s first fine jewelry collection, which will launch at the 89th Academy Awards ®, and will also be dressed in ethical gowns.

Founded by Suzy Amis Cameron – actress, environmental advocate, educator and wife of director James Cameron – Red Carpet Green Dress works with internationally acclaimed designers each year to dress stars in ethical eveningwear and jewelry for the Academy Awards®.

“It is so exciting to be partnering with Atelier Swarovski for our Red Carpet Green Dress campaign this year and have such strong women like Emma Roberts and Priyanka Bose stand behind us,” said Amis Cameron. “We have the scope for massive global impact and together can help spread the important message of sustainability. Furthermore, we aim to stir conversation and encourage those we reach to join the movement. It is wonderful to have the support of an organization, like Swarovski and women like Emma and Priyanka who hold such a prominent place in the fashion world, who share my vision to create more consciously, to positively impact the environment and make the world a better place for our children to grow up in. Together we truly can make a difference.” 

Bose is an internationally celebrated model/actress who plays “Kamla Munshi” in the feature film “LION” alongside Dev Patel, currently nominated for six Academy Awards, including “Best Motion Picture of the Year.”

Emma Roberts is an undeniable talent known for her diverse roles in films such as “Palo Alto,” “We’re the Millers,” and the upcoming “Billionaire Boys Club”. Roberts currently stars as ‘Chanel Oberlin’ in the Fox comedy-horror series “Scream Queens,” from the minds of “Glee” creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Flachuk and Ian Brennan.

Swarovski strives to create beautiful products using responsible methods that align with the wellbeing of people and the planet. Atelier Swarovski is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), an organization established by the jewelry industry to advance responsible social and environmental practices.

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Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, also commented: “We are delighted to partner with Red Carpet Green Dress for the 2017 Academy Awards-inspired initiative. The red carpet at the Oscars is an iconic moment in the fashion and cultural calendar, and as a company with a deep commitment to sustainability, we are very pleased to collaborate with Suzy and her team to help bring conscious luxury further into the spotlight.”  

Since its inception in 2009, Red Carpet Green Dress’ sustainable designs have been worn by countless stars at the Oscars including Naomie Harris, currently nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “Moonlight,” “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz, Jake McDorman (“American Sniper”), Missi Pyle (“Gone Girl”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin” and Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones”).
It is due to the aid of partners, such as Atelier Swarovski, and annual contests that financial security can be provided to MUSE School CA, an environmental non-profit educational organization Amis Cameron founded in Calabasas, Calif., with her sister Rebecca Amis. This assistance enables students to access a transformative educational experience. MUSE School CA ensures small class size, personalized instruction and learning practices; all set within an inspiring and beautiful campus. Through these key elements, MUSE School CA paves the way in creating leaders of the future. For more information, go to www.museschool.org.

In addition to Atelier Swarovski’s collaboration, Earth Friendly Products, maker of ECOS™ Laundry Detergent will also continue their support for the third year of the high profile campaign.

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ABOUT ATELIER SWAROVSKI

Atelier Swarovski offers cutting edge jewelry, accessories and home décor items, which are the ultimate expression of Swarovski crystal. Pushing the boundaries of creativity, it collaborates with the finest talents in the world across fashion, jewelry, architecture and design. Atelier Swarovski presents seasonal jewelry and accessories collaborations twice a year during New York, London and Paris fashion weeks alongside its constantly evolving Core Collection. Atelier Swarovski Home, launched at Milan Design Week in April 2016, consists of functional and decorative objects for the home. Atelier Swarovski was founded by Nadja Swarovski in 2007 as a showcase for creativity, craftsmanship and the art of crystal cutting and crystal innovations. Past collaborators include Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor&Rolf, Christopher Kane, Maison Margiela and Mary Katranzou for jewelry, and Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Ron Arad for home décor.

Visit Official Swarvoski Website

A long-time supporter of the Red Carpet Green Dress campaign, family owned and operated since 1967, Earth Friendly Products is supporting the campaign once again this year; Earth Friendly Products is the maker of ECOS™ Laundry Detergent and over 200 other environmentally friendly cleaners that are safer for people, pets and the planet.

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Talia Connelly Diary, Part 4 | Hosted by the Nido Collection

It is October 16th, 2016 and I am no longer in London. (It’s my dad’s birthday today too, but that’s not relevant. I just promised him a shout-out for being a loyal reader. Thanks for the support, Padre!)

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View from the treetops at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens during the Handmade at Kew weekend. At 5:15pm I missed the last elevator going up to the observation deck so a couple coming down was kind enough to share this photo with me.

The RCGD x Vivienne Westwood internship came to an end last Friday. On Saturday morning I packed up my belongings and headed to Leyton to spend a few days at a friend’s house before my flight out of Gatwick. You know when you return from a vacation and people ask you, “How was it?” and you stand there and say, “It was great” because you don’t know how to properly recount your experience over a water-cooler-type conversation… Well, it will take me longer than an evening of writing to properly reflect on all the interesting conversations I’ve had and the people I’ve been fortunate to meet during my month here. But I’ll try my best!

Half the Westwood staff took vacation after the Paris show so the last week in the London office was fairly quiet. Three Gold label interns also completed their internship the same day as I did, so we had a little farewell on Friday with the rest of the staff. Despite half the usual amount of hungry stomachs present, the studio tables were cleared as per custom to make way for Prosecco, strawberries, jelly donuts, three cheesecakes, and a tub of rugelach pastries.

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After lunch, we took a little walk over to the Worlds End Shop, located at 430 Kings Road on the other side of Battersea Bridge. The shop, formerly named “Let It Rock” then “SEX,” peddles reproductions of classic Westwood styles from the 1980’s. It was inside that electric blue building, and rifling through a rack of discounted pieces that I unearthed this sumptuous rarity.

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Behold! The “Clint Eastwood Bomber,” featuring a maroon 1×1 fuzzy rib knit and jacquard woven shell with a waxed finish. What a thing of beauty.

Though a Westwood patternmaker graciously offered to use her employee discount for intern purchases, I was still about $700 short of affordability. So tears were shed and goodbyes were made as the coat and I parted ways.

The mourning of the Westwood coat was short lived as campaign director Samata Pattinson and I spent the following Wednesday perusing vintage shops and munching on French fries around Brick Lane. 99.9% of my wardrobe is comprised of NYC thrift store finds and the Shoreditch area felt like a compact version of Williamsburg. There were off-the-wall boutiques, pop-ups, bagel shops, food trucks, street murals, and no shortage of tattooed, rainbow-haired individuals. Spending time with the woman who first greeted me when I arrived to London was a suitable way for the RCGD experience to come full circle.

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I don’t have any photos of Brick Lane, but I passed by this mural walking over there.

In the evening, I met my former knitwear professor Jesse for dinner at a pet-friendly restaurant called Legs, a block away from her apartment in Hackney. It was the most I’ve ever spent on a meal while I’ve been here, (granted, I’ve been living on canned spaghetti sauce and Sainsbury pasta because I’m too cheap to cook anything else for dinner) but the good company made it worth it. Jesse moved to London just a few months before I did to work as a knitwear programmer for Nike so we had quite a few “new city” stories to laugh about.

Now would be worth noting that the next time one travels, securing a working phone and an international data plan would be a good idea. London sans call/text/Google Maps wasn’t difficult because I was constantly drawing routes in my notebook beforehand and relying on the goodwill of strangers to point me in the right direction. But every so often, they would point me in the reverse direction of my destination and I found myself taking turns down strange alleyways and backstreets that had me questioning whether I was still in the UK.

Presuming I was on my way to a noodle shop in Chinatown one evening, I wound up at the backdoor of an enormous brick building. Suddenly a mob of people holding playbills came rushing around the corner and started cheering as a young man opened the door. So I started maniacally snapping pictures, just like the rest of the crowd.

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Someone famous, apparently.

The last event I should mention was “Handmade at Kew” a juried coalition of over 200 independent artists showcasing their work at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. I bought a pair of earrings from a studio called Copa Joyeria and had a lovely conversation with Lucy from Arra Textiles. Lucy founded Arra Textiles two years after graduating from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland and makes stunning handwoven scarfs and blankets. Her color sense is on another level and her technical aptitude for drafting weave structures blows me out of the water. There is still so much to learn. There is always much to learn.

Oh! Before I forget again, here are the photos from DesignJunction that took place in Granary Square in September. Better late than never eh.

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With a sign like that, even I was able to find my way to the venue without pestering any of the passerby.

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The baby and the string quartet.

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An on-site installation by French lighting company Blackbody.

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A nice university student in his second year who worked part-time at Flor Unikon. He gave me free flowers and I gave him my number on Whatsapp but I never heard from him again. I guess he wasn’t that impressed.

The highlight of DesignJunction was visiting a student gallery where a show called “Brainwaves” was on view. The work sampled graphic design, textile, sculpture, illustration and video art from Central St. Martin’s BFA and MA programs. As a design student from an American school, it was neat to see what other people my age were creating.

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“Depth of Light” by Orla Lawn. Woven with concrete, plaster, silk and wool.

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“If People Were Like Plants” by Freya Morgan. Such a fun, wacky concept worth looking at in full: https://www.creativereview.co.uk/gradwatch-freya-morgan

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“Citzenshop” by Nele Vos. “This installation opposes the neoliberal concept of the acquisition of citizenship by investment, essentially the purchasing of a nationality, as offered by an increasing number of governments around the globe….”

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Zhiwen Tong’s graphic novel depicting post-Mao China through his father’s eyes. I’m fascinated by this topic and found myself wanting to know about the illustrator’s family and the development of his work.

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These public service announcements… Remind me to bring a box of tissues the next time I stop to read one again.

And on that note: An enormous thank you to SUZY AMIS CAMERON for having the vision to start this campaign. Few people, when faced with the realization that a creative industry is setting uncontrollable demands on the people and regions involved, decide to create an international campaign to challenge the status quo, on the stage of the Oscars no less. To SAMATA PATTINSON: between writing gigs and eveningwear designing, you make the time to successfully coordinate these campaign events year after year. Thank you for looking out for me and being the best tour guide London has to offer. To the STAFF AT NIDO: Thank you for your involvement with the Red Carpet Green Dress campaign and supporting my stay in London. (Stephanie, it was such a joy to share conversation with you at Kew Gardens. Thanks for the photos and I hope to see you again!) To BRIGITTE, JENNIFER, and all the spunky, spirited peeps at Westwood who have subjected themselves to my presence Monday-Friday 10am to 6pm: Never have I met a group of people so committed to upholding the belief that clothing is a means of social responsibility and artistic expression. Thank you for the opportunity to work alongside you.

In January, I’ll be heading back to the good ole USA to finish my studies. Then the Great Job Hunt will commence. Know anyone looking for a surface designer? ☺ If you enjoyed reading, please feel free to drop a line!

Till next time,

Talia

Talia Connelly Diary, Part 3 | Hosted by the Nido Collection

October 5th,

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I would welcome you with an amorous French greeting, but I feel a bit fraudulent pulling up Google Translate. Now that the Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Spring 2017 show has been officially released, I am in the liberty to share more shots leading up to the occasion. The camera on my cell phone is comparable to the visual quality of a Windows 2000 desktop and dies at the most inopportune moments so a few images are borrowed from coworkers to fill in the gaps. Longest entry yet, but mostly comprised of photos so it’s digestible.

The week before the show

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Handstitching a series of labels onto the right side of each tailored jacket. Each stitch was precisely measured 5mm apart.

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One of the machinists modeling his handiwork. Complete with red felt eyes and dangling metal claws.

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When the plotter printer has an emotional breakdown, masks and super glue come to the rescue.

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The last day in the London studio before heading to Paris: In peak condition and ready to face any challenge of the universe.

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6:00am (night of the show) and still sle-working in the showroom. I was ready to nail the coffin at this point.

I jest, I jest. Compared to the workload of university, giving up one night of rest in order to execute a performance uniting the past three months of development was more than doable. A few full-time employees even worked 48 hours straight. Such dedication.

My sister Justine also flew over to Paris with the approval of my studio manager who had been looking for a few extra hands to help with the show. “Animal Science pre-Vet” is her field of expertise at University College Dublin, but that didn’t slow her from adjusting metal corsets on ten different torsos or applying snake, lion, and acorn appliques onto a stack of tailored skirts and blazers.

Friday – The day before the show

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9:30am – In the showroom handstitching metal charms onto an acid yellow blazer. This piece was cut from the show, but its grey counterpart with the same charm placement remained.

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10:25pm – Enlisting an army to fit this apparatus onto the model without toppling her over. A line of models awaiting their fittings formed at 11am and the last one trickled out at around 12am.

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Looking fierce Elena.

3 am – Deliberating the final lineup. Hundreds of outfit combinations tested that day were narrowed down to 65 looks.

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3:30 am – Organizing each shoe by style and size. Because most models share shoes during the show, lineups are strategically planned around availability.

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5:30 am – Preparing the garment bags; one for each model.

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6:30am – Taking a cab back to our Airbnb to catch a few Zzzzz’s before showtime.

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Here’s the lay of the land. The showroom was right around the corner from the Louve and the show venue was a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower. You’d think they would have tried a little harder to secure something more impressive but I wasn’t the one calling the shots.

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J and I stayed in an adorable apartment complex located in the 13th Arrondissement, about a 40-minute commute from the showroom. Our host Sarah-Jane works as a flight attendant for Air France and was in Chile when we arrived, so her mother was there to greet us. Her mother didn’t speak a lick of English and I didn’t speak a word of French so we communicated through caveman gestures and lots of smiles. Sarah-Jane’s son is studying abroad in Montreal, and according to Sarah, “has no desire to return to Paris,” (Me: WHY??) so she’s been renting out his room to guests like us.

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Her son owns 34 volumes of Naruto. We would have been good friends.

Saturday – The day of the show

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The Gold label interns sporting matching show T-shirts

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I woke up like this.

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AK, V, and models bask in the post-show glow. Almost immediately after this photo was taken, the set was taken down, the models dashed off to their next runway appointment, and the clothes were disassembled, packed back into garment bags, and loaded into vans to be taken back to the showroom. Akin to watching the heist scene from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the pieces left the venue as quickly as they had come.

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While on our way to the showroom to do the post-show unpacking, we took our first uninhibited stroll through the city streets.

 

Ah Sunday, smartly christened as the day of rest. My sister and I slept for 12 hours and had our first meal outside of the Westwood showroom at Sarah-Jane’s favorite Basque restaurant, a 15-minute walk from the apartment. Sunday was also the grand opening for Vivienne Westwood’s first boutique in Paris, so we headed back to the showroom to make celebratory balloon decorations.

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Notice the balloon covered ceiling!

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Shiny bull-hooves adorn garment rack legs.

There were rumors of a studio afterparty but the plea for sleep won the fight, so we hopped on the metro to our Airbnb and enjoyed a quiet evening of chats and chocolate buscuits with Sarah Jane.

Monday

I woke up at the blessed hour of 5am to bid Justine well as the Uber ride to take her to the bus terminal for Beauvais Airport pulled up at the apartment. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed before going to back to sleep (a terrible habit I’ve got to kick) I caught a photo of my roommate from back home posing in front of the Eiffel Tower. Could it really be? Emily? I knew she was travelling to Berlin to study abroad, but her detour to Paris was news to me. 6 hours later, I found myself on the sixth floor of Centre Pompidou skipping through the Magritte and Beat Generation exhibitions with my adventure-seeking, karaoke-singing, dance partner in crime.

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Staircase leading up to the heavens.  Colossal hamster tunnel. Or Pompidou façade.

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View from inside.

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And the Beat goes on.

At 5pm I boarded the Eurostar back to London. I forgot my water bottle at the showroom and wasn’t about to pay two pounds for bottled water so I went back to my seat. Two minutes later I’m tapped on the shoulder with a bottle of water from the women who stood behind me in line. She hails from London but lives in Kent, works as a cosmetic surgery consultant, and has a daughter that is currently visiting her grandparents in Spain. We had a lovely conversation for the rest of the ride. As the train pulled up to St. Pancras, she wished me well with the internship and told me she had bought a Westwood corset from the Worlds End Shop back in the day.

Speaking of St. Pancras, I meant to include a few photos from DesignJunction (a furniture and lighting trade show that exhibited at Granary Square, across the river from St. Pancras) in my last post, but didn’t get around to downloading them in time. In my fourth and final post about this whirlwind experience with the RCGD campaign, I’ll include a few highlights from the DesignJunction event- namely the Central St. Martin’s student exhibition “Brainwaves” and an infant jamming to Johannes Brahms “Hungarian Dance.”

Cheers,

Talia

Talia Connelly Diary, Part 2 | Hosted by the Nido Collection

Monday 26th, 2016

Hi there! It’s technically Saturday Oct 1st, but pretend Talia didn’t shamefully fall behind in her diary writing and that Tuesday-onwards hasn’t happened yet ☺ The post for this current week will be coming shortly.

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If you don’t know what the Red Carpet Green Dress Campaign refers to, who Nido Collection is, or why an Asian lass and a flock of sheep are atop the London Bridge, please refer to “Diary, Pt 1.” Otherwise, entry numero dos proceed!

This week, there were four birthdays in the Westwood office and no one throws a classier office kitchen party than those enlisted in fashion.

2When one runs out of plates, toilet paper becomes a rather handy backup.

3The employees, well… they like to keep things unpredictable.

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The Gold label intern crew from the left: Avishay, Cecily, Mel, Hannah, Me, Rene and Kat.

The office is in the midst of preparing for the SS17 runway show at Paris Fashion Week. Which means three days from now I will be aboard the Eurostar train to assist backstage. Can you believe it only takes 2 hours to get to Paris from London? It takes me nearly four hours just to exit state lines back home. Hannah, a fellow Gold label intern has spent the past few days Googling “cool things in Paris” and informed us that a vampire museum and pet cemetery outing are in the works. (Assuming that late night prep work for the show doesn’t completely wipe us out before then!) Read more

Red Carpet Green Dress Talia Connelly meets Dame Vivienne Westwood at St Martins Lane Hotel

Red Carpet Green Dress winner Talia Connelly is in London for her internship experience with leading fashion house Vivienne Westwood. Talia entered the Red Carpet Green Dress contest earlier this year and secured the prize to be flown over to London and spend time with the fashion house.

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Talia Connolley from Rhode Island School of Design secured the Red Carpet Green Dress prize after writing an essay about sustainable fashion. Talia met with campaign founder Suzy Amis Cameron, Dame Vivienne Westwood and the campaign director Samata at leading London hotel St Martins Lane. The much anticipated meeting and pictures took place to signal the commencement of Talia’s internship with the fashion house; read Talia’s diary entry about her exciting internship experience here.

Located in Covent Garden, St Martins Lane is known for its stylish ethos and contemporary design, however the hotel also has a strong sustainability policy, making it a great fit for the Red Carpet Green Dress meeting to take place. From recycling to pushing socially responsible initiatives – this includes donating unused soap and toiletries to Clean The World’s soap recycling program and mattresses to charity organizations – the hotel provided the perfect base for the exciting meeting.

Red Carpet Green Dress founder honoured in New York

Fashion 4 Development’s Annual First Ladies Luncheon was held during the United Nations General Assembly week in New York, to celebrate the unprecedented cooperation between diplomacy and fashion for the greater good of women and children worldwide. First Ladies, UN Ambassadors and VIPs from around the world gathered to honor award recipients – “Agents of Change” –  for their humanitarian work.

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Suzy Amis Cameron was honoured for her work as Red Carpet Green Dress founder, co-founder of MUSE School CA, her advocacy for the plant-based movement and much more. Suzy Amis Cameron joined musician and philanthropist Annie Lennox and Natalia Vodianova – model and philanthropist – as other trail-blazing women being honoured on the night. Red Carpet Green Dress is a sustainable fashion design campaign founded by Suzy Amis Cameron.

The event was covered by the Hollywood Reporter, read more here.

Talia Connelly Diary, Part 1 | Hosted by the Nido Collection

Sunday, September 18th

Hello and greetings from London!

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I’ve been sitting at the kitchen table, notebook open and laptop up, staring at the screen and ruminating over a captivating opening line for the past fifteen minutes. Though I’ve been journaling since I was in grade school, it feels odd to post my thoughts in a public setting like this. Which leads me to wonder who you, reader of these musings, may be. Are you a Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) campaign hopeful for 2017? A devoted Westwood follower? A friend, classmate, or fellow textile enthusiast? Or simply a being floating in the vast cosmos of the Internet, seeking information on an unrelated topic and somehow stumbling across this page? All are welcome.

Well, it’s been 9 days, 218 hours, or 13,127 minutes since I stepped off Virgin Airline flight #12 and onto rain-slicked British turf. Arriving at Nido Collection, a courtly West Hampstead student accommodation, I am greeted by RCGD campaign director Samata Pattinson beaming in a blue jumpsuit illuminated by a bouquet of crisply wrapped flowers in hand. Is this real life? Is this real life? Yesterday, I was sitting on the floor of my apartment in Rhode Island, surrounded by a group of close friends and sharing a dinner of golden curry, quiche and Eastside Market strawberries. Today I’m in the country that C.S. Lewis, C. Darwin, William Blake and William Morris, Julie Andrews, Tilda Swinton, and Sherlock and Watson call home. Along with the likes of Alexander Mcqueen, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney and of course, Dame Vivienne Westwood.

I had the weekend to recuperate from the jetlag. I did a bit of exploring around Chinatown Soho and Piccadilly Circus. Strangely, many of the roads were blocked off and there were throngs of people gathered along the streets. What a mess, I thought to myself, that London closes half its streets and permits its citizens from walking through. Does this happen every Saturday? Five minutes later I learned that a Tour of Britain cycling race was about to take place and to kindly step off the road as to not be flattened. Then on Monday at 9:30am, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed I was off to 9-15 Elcho Street, Westwood Headquarters. Read more

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