Eco-Warriors At The Oscars 2013: Helen Hunt In H&M And Naomie Harris In Michael Badger

25 February 2013 by

H&M have been fashioning cool but conscious collections for some time now but today marks a real milestone in the Swedish high street chain’s attempt to go green: an appearance on the Oscars red carpet.

Eco-Warriors At The Oscars 2013: Helen Hunt In H&M And Naomie Harris In Michael Badger

The Oscars Go Eco!

Helen Hunt, who's nominated for her role in The Sessions, arrived at the swanky ceremony this evening sporting a midnight blue strapless gown in silk satin. 'You're gonna say "Am I kidding?"' the actress grinned when asked who designed the gown before revealing it comes courtesy of H&M's Conscious collection. Bravo lady! Brilliantly, the dress is not only an affordable dress but a conscious one at that, as it's part of H&M's eco-friendly initiative with the environmental group Global Green.

So why did she chose the eco-conscious creation? 'It was the most beautiful dress I tried on,' the actress revealed. 'They're making sustainable clothes, which I love, so it's a win win win.'

It may a bargain-tastic design, but Helen still amped up the Hollywood glam with $700,000 worth of jewellery courtesy of Martin Katz. Blimey! The breathtaking dress won't be available in stores since it was a custom design specifically for the Oscars.

Eco-Warriors At The Oscars 2013: Helen Hunt In H&M And Naomie Harris In Michael Badger Eco-Warriors At The Oscars 2013: Helen Hunt In H&M And Naomie Harris In Michael Badger

Helen Hunt in H&M

The collection consists of flirty frocks and more dramatic gowns (our favourite being the £59.99 split-to-the-thigh chartreuse maxi), manufactured in organic cotton, hemp and recycled polyester. Now, before you wince at the word ‘recycled’ or ‘hemp’, remind yourself that these glamorous but guilt-free get-ups have been chosen (over anything else!) by the A-list likes of Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, Amanda Seyfried and Kristin Davies. And if it's good enough for those ladies, it's certainly good enough for us.

Bond girl and Brit actress Naomie Harris was also an eco warrior at the Oscars this evening, wearing a gown as part of the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge. The mustard-coloured creation was designed by Ghana-born Michael Badger, a fashion design student at Savannah College of Art and Design, who was mentored throughout the design process by Vivienne Westwood.

Eco-Warriors At The Oscars 2013: Helen Hunt In H&M And Naomie Harris In Michael Badger Eco-Warriors At The Oscars 2013: Helen Hunt In H&M And Naomie Harris In Michael Badger

Naomie Harris in Michael Badger

The gown is made from certified organic silk crepe de chine using recycled zippers, vintage glass beads and chocolate candy wrappers. The dress was dyed with goldenrod and chamomile and was inspired by volcanoes and the appearance of flowing lava.

Not so long ago the idea of sustainable fashion conjured up instant turn-offs like hemp sack dresses or tie-dyed Ali Baba pants, but conscious brands – from every level, designer to high street - are on the rise. Many eco-aware designers have realised that it’s not necessarily the ethical slant that’ll draw the style-savvy crowds in, it’s the products.

Eco-Warriors At The Oscars 2013: Helen Hunt In H&M And Naomie Harris In Michael Badger

Michelle Williams and Amanda Seyfried in H&M

So as well as Stella McCartney visibly leading the way with her sustainable fabrics and (sexy) vegan shoes, Sophia Kokosalaki launched an ethically conscious capsule range on ASOS called Kore and the website’s exsisting Africa range is top notch trend-ticking stuff.

We’ve noticed a real rise in upcycling (using existing clothing to create new pieces), but it’s high fashion labels like Edun (designed by Bono’s wife Ali Hewson), Suno, Henrietta Ludgate and Ada Zandition that are leading the way. Many more brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Vivienne Westwood are following suit, and starting to dip into the sustainable sphere with dedicated sub ranges or accessory lines.

Watch this space ladies, sustainable fashion just got serious.

See the Oscars best dressers in the gallery below >>

GALLERY>> Best Dressed At The Oscars

Anne Hathaway in Prada with Tiffany & Co jewellery

Anne Hathaway in Prada with Tiffany & Co jewellery

Anne Hathaway in Prada with Tiffany & Co jewellery

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra

Kristen Stewart

Amy Adams in Oscar De La Renta

Amy Adams in Oscar De La Renta

Amy Adams in Oscar De La Renta

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

Renée Zellweger In Carolina Herrera

Renée Zellweger In Carolina Herrera

Alicia Vikander in Elie Saab Haute Couture

Alicia Vikander in Elie Saab

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab

Halle Berry in Versace

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Nicole Kidman in L'Wren Scott

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino and Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino

Helen Hunt in H&M

Adele in Jenny Packham

Naomie Harris

Charlize Theron in Dior

Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad

Helena Bonham Carter

Jane Fonda

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Olivia Munn in Marchesa

Olivia Munn in Marchesa

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Couture

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Couture

Fan Bingbing in Marchesa

Quvenzhane Wallis in Armani

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton

Samantha Barks in Valentino

Samantha Barks in Valentino

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Rowland in Donna Karan Atelier

Giuliana Rancic

Louise Roe in Monique Lhuillier


Comments

All posts must obey the house rules, if you object to any comments please let us know and we'll take the appropriate action.

Janet Duckworth (Mon Feb 25 06:58:47 GMT 2013): Helen Hunt's midnight blue choice for her dress was very smart, beautiful, and stunning choice for Helen's coloring and hair color; it appears to be an expensive designer dress. The necklace was superb for completion of the dress. I am hoping Helen also had Blue Satin shoes to match, could not see. Smart dresser, fine model and actress./j. duckworth
Carolyn Waweru Jewellry (Wed Feb 27 02:11:18 GMT 2013): While I applaud Helen Hunt's 'eco' choice, it would be more impactful if it had been pressed first...maybe it got creased en route to the event but it doesn't look polished which is a real shame.
Jennifer Yen (Wed Feb 27 02:27:49 GMT 2013): I gree. My first thought was, "Someone get her to the back room, undress her and quick, get that garmebt steamer out!" LOL! It reminded me of the late Diana, Princess of Wales's wedding dress - a wee bit too creased!
Katy Si (Wed Apr 10 18:48:22 BST 2013): Helen Hunt's dress just look awesome! Her appearance also good, It seems like she had done some plastic surgery on her face. I saw some pictures here - http://plasticsurgerypics.org/helen-hunt-plastic-surgery/. Is it true? or fake?
Katy Si (Sun Apr 14 16:54:27 BST 2013): Helen looks so awesome in this picture, but is this by natural? I don't think so. I've seen some pictures in http://plasticsurgerypics.org/helen-hunt-plastic-surgery/. I think she'd probably done some cosmetic surgery on face.