The Green Carpet Challenge took a royal turn last night as Livia and Colin joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the top table of the 2013 Winter Whites Gala, held in the grounds of Kensington Palace. The gala was in honour of Centrepoint, a charity which dedicates itself to ending youth homelessness, helping over 95,000 homeless young people since 1969. Entertainment was provided by pop royalty Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi, who was presented with the ‘The Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award’ in recognition of his global humanitarian work.
Livia’s striking dip hemmed gown was created by illustrious ethical designer Henrietta Ludgate out of end-of-the-line, up-cycled duchess silk. It’s not the first time Henrietta has dressed Livia for a stately Green Carpet Challenge; in May 2011, Livia wore an end-of-line duchess silk satin gown to meet the President of the United States Barack Obama, as well as for a meeting with HRH Prince Charles. So, in honour of her work, we have unofficially crowned Henrietta as our ‘Royal GCC dresser!’
Inspired by the classic elegance and simplicity of Jackie O and early Dior, the gown has a full fifties skirt and fitted bodice. Henrietta wanted to avoid re-creating a wedding dress by including her signature structural details and directional tailoring. ‘White gowns inherently are reminiscent of brides,” said Henrietta. “The most challenging aspect of the dress was creating an elegant look while eliminating the bridal aspect of it.” A staunch supporter of the British fashion industry, Henrietta sourced the fabric from a local up-cycled fabric shop in London. “I buy fabrics that would otherwise be destroyed or thrown out. Up-cycled fabric is always a gamble, you never quite know what you are going to get or why it is in the shop – it makes for a very unique look.”
The GCC Chopard necklace, made from Fairmined gold and responsibly sourced hand-cut diamonds
Livia accessorised the gown with the GCC Chopard necklace, made from responsibly sourced hand-cut diamonds and produced in accordance with GCC criteria and to the highest sustainable standards. Worn previously by Virginie Ledoyen at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, the necklace was created especially for the Mostra del Cinema of Venice by Chopard’s Co-President, Caroline Scheufele. Livia teamed it with a pair of vintage Jimmy Choo shoes and the GCC Roger Vivier clutch from this year’s Cannes film festival, made from sustainable and certified 100% Italian satin and hand-stitched 1950s French vintage sequins.
This event was about change and as Livia said “nights like this happen once in a lifetime but the change you can make lasts a lifetime”.