On the Earthshot Prize red carpet, the notoriously private Emma Watson made up for her almost two year long public absence with a striking upcycled wedding gown from avant-garde gender-fluid fashion designer Harris Reed.
In case you missed it, the Earthshot Prize is awarded annually by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to those making outstanding contributions to the environmental repair of the planet.
As an environmental activist, this look could not be more fitting for Watson, highlighting that you don’t need to compromise on style to be sustainable while also showcasing her hyper feminine flair in the season’s most coveted trends.
This eco-conscious and sustainable demi-couture ensemble is emblematic of the industry’s shift towards slow fashion and a circular economy while remaining incredibly elevated and accessible thanks to the layering of the tulle petticoat over simple black dress pants and chunky-soled boots.
Reed, who you may recognise from his iconic Met Gala dress worn by Iman, worked in tandem with Watson to create this custom look with “classic H flares”, as described by the designer.
Taking to social media to share exclusive behind the scenes insight into the making of the garment, Reed remarks the garment was “upcycled from my collection FOUND, using old wedding dresses from Oxfam all topped off with the divine Harris Reed x Missoma earrings, rings and bracelets”.
Showcased in September at London Fashion Week, Reeds Spring Summer 2022 collection was designed with ‘Second Hand September’, a movement encouraging consumers to refrain from purchasing “new” garments during the month, in mind while being also created entirely from fabrics and materials donated to Oxfam.
Watson wasn’t the only celebrity in attendance to make a statement with their fashion choices. The Duchess of Cambridge herself wore a recycled vintage Alexander McQueen gown for the evening.
Although this may be our last glimpse of Watson for a while, we’ll be taking a page out of her book and emulating her upcycled attire for years to come.