GREEN PARTY: A classical music quintet played for guests arriving at The Wallace Collection in London for the launch of Erdem Moralioglu’s collection for the Green Carpet Challenge on Monday night, setting the tone for one very sophisticated party.
Moralioglu showcased a selection of the 12 looks he created for the challenge, which was founded by green campaigner Livia Firth, in glass cases and entwined with fresh flowers.
Moralioglu, Firth, Anna Wintour, Natalie Massenet and Sally Singer played host, while guests included Colin Firth, Suki and Immy Waterhouse, Baz Luhrmann, Daisy Lowe, Lily Cole, Mollie King, Christopher Bailey, Elizabeth McGovern and Jacquetta Wheeler.
“Game Of Thrones” actor Nonso Anozie, who played Xaro Xhoan Daxos in season two of the TV show, was also there.
The actor had been at the U.K. premiere of his new film, “Pan,” which traces Peter Pan’s back story, the night before. “I play Bishop, right hand man to Hugh Jackman’s Blackbeard,” he said. “It was great fun filming; the best part was throwing kids overboard. I mean, it was all totally safe – but they loved it.”
Jack Guinness was dragging the artist Phoebe Collings-James through the Wallace’s galleries – a treasure trove of Old Master works and French 18th Century paintings, furniture and porcelain.
He was on the hunt for a Rembrandt self-portrait. “I wanted to see what he looked like because, really, this is one of the original selfies,” he said.
“He’s not very handsome. Usually selfies are an exercise in vanity. Maybe he thought he looked pretty hot here; maybe this is him on a good day,” said Guinness, pointing to the painting.
Erdem’s full collection features a combination of gowns, day and cocktail dresses – made from lace from his own archives; silks produced by organically farmed worms, or fabrics made from recycled fibers or plastic bottles.
Firth is the creative director of Eco-Age, the brand consultancy that focuses on sustainability. She said it wasn’t a big leap for Erdem, who already makes much of his collection in England, works with archive fabrics and eco-friendly printers in his main line collection.