Red Carpet Green Dress Talia Connelly meets Dame Vivienne Westwood at St Martins Lane Hotel

Red Carpet Green Dress winner Talia Connelly is in London for her internship experience with leading fashion house Vivienne Westwood. Talia entered the Red Carpet Green Dress contest earlier this year and secured the prize to be flown over to London and spend time with the fashion house.

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Talia Connolley from Rhode Island School of Design secured the Red Carpet Green Dress prize after writing an essay about sustainable fashion. Talia met with campaign founder Suzy Amis Cameron, Dame Vivienne Westwood and the campaign director Samata at leading London hotel St Martins Lane. The much anticipated meeting and pictures took place to signal the commencement of Talia’s internship with the fashion house; read Talia’s diary entry about her exciting internship experience here.

Located in Covent Garden, St Martins Lane is known for its stylish ethos and contemporary design, however the hotel also has a strong sustainability policy, making it a great fit for the Red Carpet Green Dress meeting to take place. From recycling to pushing socially responsible initiatives – this includes donating unused soap and toiletries to Clean The World’s soap recycling program and mattresses to charity organizations – the hotel provided the perfect base for the exciting meeting.

Red Carpet Green Dress founder honoured in New York

Fashion 4 Development’s Annual First Ladies Luncheon was held during the United Nations General Assembly week in New York, to celebrate the unprecedented cooperation between diplomacy and fashion for the greater good of women and children worldwide. First Ladies, UN Ambassadors and VIPs from around the world gathered to honor award recipients – “Agents of Change” –  for their humanitarian work.

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Suzy Amis Cameron was honoured for her work as Red Carpet Green Dress founder, co-founder of MUSE School CA, her advocacy for the plant-based movement and much more. Suzy Amis Cameron joined musician and philanthropist Annie Lennox and Natalia Vodianova – model and philanthropist – as other trail-blazing women being honoured on the night. Red Carpet Green Dress is a sustainable fashion design campaign founded by Suzy Amis Cameron.

The event was covered by the Hollywood Reporter, read more here.

Talia Connelly Diary, Part 1 | Hosted by the Nido Collection

Sunday, September 18th

Hello and greetings from London!

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I’ve been sitting at the kitchen table, notebook open and laptop up, staring at the screen and ruminating over a captivating opening line for the past fifteen minutes. Though I’ve been journaling since I was in grade school, it feels odd to post my thoughts in a public setting like this. Which leads me to wonder who you, reader of these musings, may be. Are you a Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) campaign hopeful for 2017? A devoted Westwood follower? A friend, classmate, or fellow textile enthusiast? Or simply a being floating in the vast cosmos of the Internet, seeking information on an unrelated topic and somehow stumbling across this page? All are welcome.

Well, it’s been 9 days, 218 hours, or 13,127 minutes since I stepped off Virgin Airline flight #12 and onto rain-slicked British turf. Arriving at Nido Collection, a courtly West Hampstead student accommodation, I am greeted by RCGD campaign director Samata Pattinson beaming in a blue jumpsuit illuminated by a bouquet of crisply wrapped flowers in hand. Is this real life? Is this real life? Yesterday, I was sitting on the floor of my apartment in Rhode Island, surrounded by a group of close friends and sharing a dinner of golden curry, quiche and Eastside Market strawberries. Today I’m in the country that C.S. Lewis, C. Darwin, William Blake and William Morris, Julie Andrews, Tilda Swinton, and Sherlock and Watson call home. Along with the likes of Alexander Mcqueen, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney and of course, Dame Vivienne Westwood.

I had the weekend to recuperate from the jetlag. I did a bit of exploring around Chinatown Soho and Piccadilly Circus. Strangely, many of the roads were blocked off and there were throngs of people gathered along the streets. What a mess, I thought to myself, that London closes half its streets and permits its citizens from walking through. Does this happen every Saturday? Five minutes later I learned that a Tour of Britain cycling race was about to take place and to kindly step off the road as to not be flattened. Then on Monday at 9:30am, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed I was off to 9-15 Elcho Street, Westwood Headquarters. Read more