As we reported earlier this week, Livia Firth, Eco-Age Creative Director and Founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, has been persuading designers and A-listers to reconsider their sartorial choices in the limelight since 2009. She's already got Cameron Diaz, Meryl Streep and Naomie Harris on board and during London Fashion Week, more designers signed up. We're talking everyone from Roland Mouret and Victoria Beckham to Christopher Bailey, Christopher Kane and Erdem who created a collection of ethically-aware eveningwear, now available exclusively on Net-A-Porter.com.
In celebration, this week’s issue of The Edit sees Emma Watson showcasing fabulous pieces created by these designers as part of the eco-friendly Green Carpet Challenge collection. The actress discusses fair trade and her passion for sustainable style, revealing she would love to wear more garments that are ethically sourced, but 'there aren’t enough options for me to be able to do that realistically.'
Eco warrior: Emma Watson models the Green Carpet Challenge collection
Emma also discusses some of her more cringe-worthy red carpet outfits from those heady days of Harry Potter. 'There’s some stuff I think, "I never should have worn that!"'. In particular, the actress speaks about a frock she wore to the premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone back in 2001. 'It was a long, denim Kenzo dress, and these crazy fake-python boots. I loved it! You wouldn’t expect an 11-year-old girl to wear that. But I’ve always been adventurous.'
Since then, her style has come on leaps and bounds and she now triumphs on the red carpet thanks to frocks by Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Lanvin. But Emma admits that she feels 'a lot of pressure' when getting ready for a glitzy event. 'You have to consider, "Will people see up my skirt? If a flash goes off, can you see through this?" So I’ll do a test sitting, a test standing... It’s nerve-wracking. People really scrutinize.'
As if the pressure wasn't enough, the star reveals it's an uncomfortable experience in more ways than one. 'My shoes are uncomfortable, I can’t breathe in the dress. I don’t compromise like that in my everyday style.' Either way, it sure pays off! For proof, check out Emma's style evolution in the gallery above...
Read the full interview with Emma Watson on www.net-a-porter.com