GREEN ON RED: When Livia Firth hits the Met Gala’s red carpet with husband Colin Firth on Monday night, she’ll be flying the flag for eco fashion. As part of her Green Carpet Challenge, launched in 2010 to promote sustainability, ethics and social welfare on the red carpet, she will wear a gown by Antonio Berardi in a fabric made from Newlife yarns, which are spun from recycled plastic bottles.
The dress is based on one Berardi first designed for Firth for a Green Carpet Challenge project in 2012, inspired by the 1934 film “Evergreen.” In honor of the Met Ball’s theme, which celebrates the exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass,” he has embroidered its dramatic double train and trimmed it with tassels.
“Antonio knew I always loved the gown…so he worked on that and gave it a Chinese twist,” said Firth, adding that the Met event “has a special place in my heart, as it is where we truly unlock all the potential and creativity of the Green Carpet Challenge.”
Newlife yarns are recycled polyester filament yarns made in Italy from 100 percent post-consumer plastic bottles. They are spun using a mechanical, rather than a chemical process. The process saves energy and water in the spinning and dyeing cycles, and reduces the CO2 emissions, compared to regular polyester fiber production.