Talia Connelly meets Vivienne Westwood

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 Suzy Amis Cameron (campaign founder), Dame Vivienne Westwood and the campaign director Samata at leading London hotel St Martins Lane. After meeting in the newly renovated Asia de Cuba – the winner gathered together with Vivienne Westwood and Suzy Amis Cameron to take images in the hotel. The much anticipated meeting and pictures took place at St Martins Lane Hotel to signal the commencement of Talia’s internship with the fashion house.

Located in Covent Garden, St Martins Lane is a dramatic and daring evolution on English luxury. Known for its stylish ethos and contemporary design, 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 – this includes donating unused soap and toiletries to Clean The World’s soap recycling program and mattresses to charity organizations. Fashion entrepreneur will be in residence at the leading hotel for London Fashion Week, creating a hub for influencers, fashion-lovers and industry movers and shakers.

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

Winner of Vivienne Westwood prize – Talia Connolley

We have our winner! Congratulations to Talia Connolley from Rhode Island School of Design for securing the Red Carpet Green Dress prize to spend time with fashion house Vivienne Westwood in London.

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Thank you to ALL of our entrants for your patience in the selection. This took a little longer as the entries were simply too good and the Head of Couture at Westwood herself and the team at Westwood spent time going over each and every single one with so much detail to make sure the right selection was made. It was so hard, that is why it has taken so long. Thank you for your patience. We have an exciting partnership planned with all of our entrants, winners or not, which we will be sharing later this year so this is not the end of anything. However, in the interim, please join us in congratulating Talia for all of her hard work! Talia will join Vivienne Westwood later this year and we will keep you posted on how this develops.

Twelve-thousand years after the first woven cloth was created, Rhode Island School of Design student Talia Connelly was hunched over a wooden 4-harness loom threading her first cotton warp. She caught the “fiber arts” bug in high school after witnessing an indigo dye demonstration given by her chemistry teacher. Stay tuned to find out more about our winner!

Win an Internship at Vivienne Westwood – deadline extended 

This year’s student competition element to the campaign will be held on the Red Carpet Green Dress website in collaboration with Vivienne Westwood’s London ­based fashion house. Vivienne Westwood’s Head of Couture, Brigitte Stepputtis, will be choosing one winner from the worldwide contest, open to anyone over the age of 18.

The winner will:
– Be flown over to London, UK and accommodated in the fashion capital of the UK (if based outside London)
– Have all expenses covered including food and transport
– Meet face to face meeting with Red Carpet Green Dress founder, and MUSE School co-founder, Suzy Amis Cameron
– Receive five one hour Skype sessions with the author of Fashion Designer’s Resource Book, designer and Red Carpet Green Dress Campaign Director Samata

Find out more here.

 

 

Staying at Candara Apartments – by Samata

This Season Candara Apartments sponsored our Campaign Director during the busy Oscars season. Here is what she had to say about the experience!

Located in the Hollywood/Hancock park area, Candara was the perfect retreat providing a community feel which still affords you the level of privacy you need or seek. Larchmont Village is walking distance and Hancock Park is a lovely neighborhood to be a part of.  To be perfectly frank, staying in Candara is like living luxury – there is a feeling of tranquility throughout the building which I just loved. Alongside your local friendly residents the calibre of professionalism demonstrated by staff in the leasing office was full on five star – with well-positioned spaces for working, relaxing and contemplating – was a take home I will not readily forget. The community bar in the Lion’s Den, the always clean working space in The Study and the bar The Enchanted Fig keeps the community atmosphere together and it goes without saying that Oscar season is manic to say the least – so having my base placed in a place as  calming and peaceful as Candara was simultaneously rejuvinating and relaxing.

The decor is consistently sultry but doesn’t over-impose, still with its rich Andalucian-inspired design Candara is no shrinking flower. Many moments spent by the Wishing Tree, the open-air lightness of the Spanish Garden or the fireside gathering and custom designed rockers of the Hearth kept me working from Candara instead of heading into the bustle of Hollywood. With lively common rooms, a private meeting space, indoor parking and stunning apartments in the centre of Los Angeles you will be situated close tothe LA nightlife should you leave this beautiful oasis.

Red Carpet Green Dress definitely recommend this location,  and we urge anyone looking for an apartment building full of interesting residents, great amenities – jacuzzi, rooftop getaway and common areas included – to do work or have some time out, to consider a stay at Candara. We can’t reiterate enough that the location is fantastic, peaceful at night and highly recommended.

Red Carpet Green Dress Press 2016


From Sophie Turner trending worldwide on Twittee to Lily Cole’s plastic bottle dress sending the blogs wild, take a look at a summary of press for Suzy Amis Cameron’s project Red Carpet Green Dress post Oscars this season!

Take a look at our fantastic coverage for 2016 here:
Refinery 29 | EcouterreVanity Fair | New York Times | Hollywood Life | PopSugar | PopSugar | E! Online | Time | The Wrap | Marie Claire | Cosmopolitan | People Mag | E! OnlineWho What Wear | Jezebel | Huffington Post | Huffington Post Canada | Celebs Newz |International Business Times | IMDb | New York Daily News | Washington Post | Observer | Perez Hilton | Perez Hilton | Just Jared  | Just Jared Jr |  Daily Mail UK | Daily Mail UK | Bustle |Bustle | Independent UK | The Indian Express | Irish Examiner | LivinglyExpress | Celebitchy |  The Hollywood Reporter Twitter | New York Times Fashion Twitter | Entertainment Weekly Twitter | The Wrap Twitter | Today Show Twitter | Tiffany & Co Twitter | Telegraph Fashion Twitter | First Look Youtube | Street Insider
Thank you to all the outlets that helped us to push this important message.

Red Carpet Green Dress 2016 looks revealed

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Styled by Sandy Phan, Lily Cole wore a sustainable gown by Vivienne Westwood; the Delicate Bird of Paradise corseted gown has been constructed using an iridescent silver fabric created from melted down recycled plastic bottles.

Sophie Turner wore Galvan, an ethical brand focusing on small batch production and committed to fair work treatment, alongside transparent and socially responsible business practices. Sophie Turner’s mint green crepe dress featured a boned corset and Swarovski crystal fabric detailing. The piece was based on a popular and classic silhouette the brand has produced before, and will continue to produce every season, in the spirit of slow fashion. All Galvan factories are routinely frequently to ensure a safe and fair work environment, alongside the fair work treatment of the brands manufacturers.

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