An Italian Girl in Paris

Green Carpet Challenge

First published in 2011

Livia Firth premiers Edeline Lee at Tinker Tailor Solider Spy screening.

Paris gives me a special glow. It’s full of very special memories. The first time we came to the historic George V Hotel for example, it was with Tom Ford and Richard Buckley for A Single Man. But let’s face it most of my glow during the GCC comes courtesy of either Georgie, Karen or Natalie – depending on where we are. Just in case anybody is under the illusion I look like this normally let me re-introduce the GCC “refinement team”. Georgie takes charge in the US, Karen in London and Paris and Natalie is the queen of eco facials.For Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, it’s out with Cinderella and old Hollywood and in with “cat woman”, gloriously vamped up with Karen giving me cat eyes. With some added help from best supporting garment (my Spanx of course!) the look comes together.

The dress is by young designer Edeline Lee. A graduate of Central St Martins, she also worked with Alexander McQueen and as soon as I saw her work I was attracted by the edgy, urban and sculptural style of her clothes.
These are not qualities often associated with “green”. But we say “why not?!” This Jutta Sika paneled dress features organic wool panels and is completely handmade in the UK. By her own admission, Lee is at the start of her sustainable fashion journey, making inroads to sustainable sourcing. Well we think she’s a talent to watch!

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