The 2014 Oscars: Green Couture on the Red Carpet

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The 2014 Oscars were woefully lean on sustainable, eco-friendly and vintage couture. And while we were hoping for more, we’ll have to take quality over quantity for now.

Bond girl and “Oblivion” star Olga Kurylenko turned heads last night in a stunner of a gown by French-Lebanese fashion student Alice Elia. With 2014 Oscar red carpet trends running toward nudes, metallics and dark neutrals, this pop of rosy red was utterly refreshing and Kurylenko practically glowed in it. The gown was fashioned from 100 percent GOTS certified organic silk hand-dyed with sappanwood and madder root. With its classic old Hollywood styling, this sustainable frock looked right at home next to Gucci gowns.

Not only was Olga Kurylenko’s dress eco-friendly, the actress was also wearing shoes from UK label Beyond Skin. Beyond Skin collaborated with PETA to create a limited edition vegan heel to compliment Alice Elia’s evening gown. From Beyond Skin: “The faux suede and metallic-trimmed evening shoe is made from Dinamica, which is manufactured in Italy and is durable, long lasting, and made from 100% recycled bottle tops. The shoes will be available to purchase from Beyond Skin ( on March 3rd with 10% of proceeds going to MUSE School CA.”
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Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress design contest, now in its fifth year, debuted its first menswear winner at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Worn by Kellan Lutz, star of “The Legend of Hercules”, the suit was made from recycled plastic bottles and featured royal blue piping and a brass button detail that made it stand out in a sea of plain black tuxes and white dinner jackets. Classic with a twist!

The winning tuxedo design was created by 23-year old Jomnarn Dul from H Brothers, one of New Zealand’s most successful menswear brands. Dul was also a key player in the H Brothers collaboration with EKOCYCLETM, a partnership between and The Coca-Cola Company.

Director James Cameron wore an EKOCYCLETM tux to the Oscar Fame & Philanthropy party at The Vineyards in Beverly Hills. This Oscar-night viewing party and fundraiser ended with Cameron making the keynote speech, illustrating his philosophy of activism for worthy causes. He gives a little red carpet shout out to his recycled Coke bottle ensemble here.

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Though she seems to be headlining every Worst-Dressed list this morning, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Liza Minnelli wearing a vintage Halston pantsuit. It was rather disappointing to not see any vintage couture of note on the red carpet this year. Julia Roberts is still making Oscar Best-Dressed lists for her 2001 appearance in a stunning vintage Valentino, proving that recycling never goes out of style.

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Photo/video credits: Kellan Lutz,, Beyond Skin, The Gloss, Just Jared

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