First Published February 2010. Words by Livia Firth
I think I’ve found the perfect way to do sustainable premieres in February. Last night, in Paris for the premiere of A Single Man, I wore a beautiful Linda Loudermilk black suit. It’s 50/50 bamboo (more on that in a minute), and wool herringbone and it’s lined with sustainable silk. Not only did it earn lots of style compliments from our French hosts – but I was extremely warm. We took these pictures on Colin’s phone.
While I was in Paris I dropped in on my friend Bruno Frisoni, who designs for Roger Vivier. We’re working on what I’ll call a ‘secret mission’ for the time being, for the last part of this challenge. Anyway while I was there, I raided the sample cupboard (that’s some cupboard!) and borrowed a handbag.
As we are in France, my mum joined us from Italy. She came bearing gifts (on loan!) for the Green Carpet Challenge. The earrings (fake) are from our Amercian friend Tom, who now lives next to my parents. They actually belonged to Tom’s mum, Mary Alice Corey, who bought them in New York at Circo’s on Fifth Avenue in the Sixties. It was an honour to borrow them.
Back to bamboo. There has been a lot of coverage in the States recently about the use of bamboo in textiles – Tree Hugger tells all here. There are good methods of harvesting and processing that make it an ecologically superior fibre to rayon, but there are many equally dodgy methods and sources, which are no better and – in some cases – worse.
Linda Loudermilk’s office tell me this is a fabric from a source they have used for years. It is also certified by the Oeko-Tex label that evaluates environmental impact, global impact, fossil fuel use and local impact assessment.
Now, back to London. Take a look at who else was at last night’s premiere…
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