Twiggy: ‘Fashion needs to be more sustainable’

Legendary supermodel Twiggy is backing calls for the fashion industry to become more sustainable.The style star, who was the face of the swinging ‘60s, has worked in the industry for nearly 55 years.During a chat on British morning show Lorraine, Twi…

Legendary supermodel Twiggy is backing calls for the fashion industry to become more sustainable.

The style star, who was the face of the swinging ‘60s, has worked in the industry for nearly 55 years.

During a chat on British morning show Lorraine, Twiggy, real name Lesley Lawson, spoke about the strides U.K. shops are making when it comes to being more eco-friendly.

“I think most of the good stores are very much into sustainability and have been for a long time,” she shared. “I’ve worked with M&S for many years as an ambassador and various things and they’ve been into sustainability and good practices for many years. I think the whole industry has to get to that point.”

The star, who recently launched podcast Tea with Twiggy, also touched upon the secrets of her youthful appearance.

“I can’t lie about this, it’s been written since I was 16. I’m 70, I know it’s ridiculous,” she laughed, adding: “I’ve got very good lighting coming in from my windows!

“I mean I’m lucky, I’m happy, I eat well, I don’t overindulge in things. I have facials when I can… oh we haven’t been able to do any of that (because of the pandemic)… I have facials every six months or something. I live my life really and I think that’s what you’ve got to do. I’m too busy, well before the lockdown, with my kids and my grandkids and I think that keeps you together. I do Pilates which I love. But I’m not that high maintenance really.”

Tea with Twiggy, which has seen the model chat with stars including Joanna Lumley and everyday heroes like an NHS nurse, went to number four in the podcast charts in the society and culture section earlier this week.

Next up she’s talking to singer Rufus Wainwright.

“When we started doing it I said I want it to be like people going out for a chat for tea, just getting together to have a chat, they’re not really interviews. So amazing things come out because people start telling stories,” she smiled.

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BAFTAs to go black for #MeToo and Time’s Up movements – report

Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton is leading a charge to make the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards an all-black affair, just like the Golden Globes. Actresses attending the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, Britain’s answer to the Oscars…

Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton is leading a charge to make the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards an all-black affair, just like the Golden Globes.

Actresses attending the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, Britain’s answer to the Oscars, have been asked to wear black to support the Time’s Up and #MeToo anti-harassment movements.

A letter sent to nominees, presenters and their representatives, from “a collective of U.K. based female film and television industry leaders”, and supported by Arterton reads: “Inspired by the TIME’S UP movement in the US, we are working to continue the incredible movement this side of the Atlantic. With BAFTA being the first major film awards ceremony in Europe this year, we feel it is important to make a statement to show global solidarity and that the issue is not being forgotten, and to join hands with people across all industries who have experienced inequality and abuse.

“This is why we are inviting you to wear black to the awards ceremony, to follow suit from our sisters who attended the Golden Globes. Wearing black is a strong, unifying and simple statement – a physical and visual representation of our solidarity with people across all industries who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse or have been held back due to an imbalance in power. It is also the easiest colour for the majority to wear and feel comfortable in.”

The open letter continues: “We wanted to personally reach out to you at this point to let you know of the colour code and we will be in touch again with more information, including talking points on why we’re wearing black.

“For men, there are plans for special pins and/or a buttonhole if you would like one.”

The awards will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 18 February (18), and nominees include Annette Bening, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Sally Hawkins, Saoirse Ronan, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley will become the first female to front the awards show since 2001, taking over from Stephen Fry.

Meanwhile, sources tell WWD.com the decision for stars to wear black to the event has left stylists and designers scrambling to find replacement gowns for many top stars, who had chosen to add a splash of colour to the red carpet.

This year’s BAFTA Awards will take place during London Fashion Week, putting further pressure on designers connected to the ceremony.

A spokesman for the awards show tells WWD the BAFTA organisation does not dictate a dress code and people are free to wear what they want to the ceremony.

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