2014 (Eco) Emmy Winners

With ingenious campaigns out there like Red Carpet Green Dress, more and more award shows are becoming the runway for sustainable luxury fashion. Last night’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards was no exception. While they may not have taken home trophies, these stars are the real winners, donning the night’s most talked about dresses, all by eco-friendly designers. Whether their mission is to avoid animal cruelty, recycle materials, employ fair-trade artisans, or use safe, sustainably-made fabrics, the designers of these gowns are transforming an industry that is now just as environmentally harmful as agriculture. And, of course, their message wouldn’t be heard without the talent who wear the masterpieces.

First up, The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik in Oliver Tolentino. The designer, a native of the Philippines, uses both local plants and craftsmen to create his elegant, feminine line. Tolentino works closely with Global Green on their pre-Oscar Party.

Photo courtesy of E!
Photo courtesy of E!

Next, American Horror Story‘s Sarah Paulson taking on the role of a good witch and wearing Armani, a brand known worldwide even among those who aren’t fashionably inclined. Incorporating hemp and plastic bottles into designs are just some of the ways Armani aims to show the industry that beauty can be attained while protecting the environment.

Photo courtesy of Perez Hilton

Here’s Lizzy Caplan the night before the award show at Showtime’s Emmy Eve Soiree wearing Valentino. Like Armani, this legendary designer has prestige around the globe, and rightfully so given Valetino’s commitment to stopping the use of hazardous materials across the industry. Armani is also a favorite of Greenpeace.

Photo courtesy of Red Carpet Fashion Awards

And the winner is: Lizzy Chaplan. Again supporting an eco-fashion designer on the red carpet, the Masters of Sex actress showed up last night in a stunning gown by Donna Karan, a standout in the high and eco-fashion world.

Lizzy Caplan Emmy
Photo courtesy of Forbes

Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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