Published on May 3, 2016 — Leave a comment

#Secondhandfirst At The 2016 Met Gala

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This year at the 2016 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, better known as the Met Gala, something new was afoot. Of course, we still tuned in to the typically stunning, sparkling gowns (and OK, one of them was literally electric) and the 100% A-List guest list with our full attention, but we knew something was different this year.

As Emma Watson appeared in her black taffeta gown made from materials woven from recycled plastic, it suddenly became quite clear to us: recycled fashion has a bigger presence this year than ever before. At arguably the most influential fashion event of the year (apart from runway shows) this was the ultimate #secondhandfirst salute. As we scanned Insta and read the fashion blogs last night, we couldn’t help but do a little happy dance.

Take a peek at these stunning celebs and their reused fashion choices:

Emma-Watson-Met-Gala-2016.jpgEmma Watson’s Calvin Klein Collection gown was made from a unique yarn engineered from used plastic bottles called. The lining was crafted from organic silk and cotton, and even the zippers were made from recycled plastic.


Lupita Nyong’o (pictured above) and Margot Robbie (below)  both rocked dresses that incorporated organic and recycled materials to the gala (the theme this year was technology).


Watson’s dress was part of the 30 Wears campaign, an initiative created by designer Livia Firth to challenge fashion houses to create clothes that can be worn at least 30 times. Firth co-designed Watson’s dress with Calvin Klein.


Livia Firth herself wore a dress made from recycled plastic water bottles at the 2015 gala.


Watson posted a photo of the dress on Facebook explaining how and why it was made, and ended with: “Truly beautiful things should be worn again and again and again. ‪#‎30wears‬

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Another Met Gala we absolutely loved? Metallics! Lupita nailed the look, along with the starlettes below. We asked our resident Style Expert Lindsay to create a metallic dress curation so you can copy our favorite looks.


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What was your favorite Met Gala look, eco or otherwise?