Celebrity, designers, Hollywood

The Red Carpet Conundrum

Anya Taylor-Joy at the Emmys, wearing Dior Couture. Photo Credit: Francis Specker/CBS, Rich Fury/Getty Images

This has been a big week in the US. My husband loves (American) football, and all I’ve been hearing is commentators falling over themselves, happy that the stadiums are full of (COVID and) fans again. Like having stadiums full of thousands of (unmasked) people is a good thing right now. But I digress.

For those of us with finer tastes, we got not only the Met Gala, but also the Emmys red carpet this week, and it was fun to watch. Though the trend of naked dresses has me yawning (ok, you have a nice body, cover it up cause it’s boring), and the trend of yellow (which, as a very fair redhead, is not in my wheelhouse, or a lot of other people’s either), there is a bigger thing that has me thinking. It’s the current fashion conundrum.

Fashion has been taking a big hit in the past few years, for how un-environmentally friendly it is. They are putting out more and more collections to fewer and fewer buyers, and the environment is paying the price with the manufacturing impact, as well as the overall waste. Designers are talking about using renewable sources, and manufacturing with less impact, but these red carpets had me wondering, do they really get it?

Billie Eilish at the Met Gala, in Oscar de la Renta. Photo Credit: ABACA USA/INSTARimages.com, Janet Mayer/Startraksphoto.com, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Take these dresses in point. They are beautiful, of course. Gorgeous, in fact. Though Anya Taylor-Joy’s dress is very minimal, that coat was made with that huge train, just to be dragged along for photos? And Billie Eilish’s dress is gorgeous, but you can see it from space. Add to that that she changed to another beautiful, less over-the-top dress for dinner. Anya literally wore her knickers to the Emmys afterparty. So is all of this really necessary? It’s gorgeous, but this is the kind of thing that makes the criticism rain down on the fashion industry.

I don’t know the answer. I love, love, love to look at all kinds of fashion, but I think if we are going to talk about caring for our planet, we need to walk the walk, not just give it lip service. ::end rant::

Oh, and this week, I found out that my cancer is, indeed, in remission. YAY!

3 thoughts on “The Red Carpet Conundrum”

  1. First, a hearty congrats on the remission! It’s an awesome thing to hear the Doc say. Second, I agree with you. the gowns are beautiful, but what good is beautiful if you can’t walk or sit down. And, I don’t agree with the flesh-flashing. Modesty says a whole lot more about beauty. Our covid situation still centers around school age children here in Kentucky. Our hospitals are full with new cases, mostly children who can neither be vaccinated, nor are required to wear masks to school. I’m like “Seriously, would you rather attend a funeral?” I get very angry about the people who pay no regard to safety for themselves, their children, or others. Meanwhile, I’m still working on an Ojibwe Smoke dance dress ensemble.

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      1. Wow, how cool is that. I’m afraid my attempt wouldn’t in any way be accepted. I just put aside the suede-like fabric I was going to use… doesn’t hang right for the wrap part. So, I’ll have to get new fabric for the wrap skirt. Allergic to wool (which is traditional), so have to go cotton. grr…

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