On Thursday, September 15, the Green Cup Eco Fashion Show & Gala in Georgetown was packed full of polo players, diplomats, eco-supporters and other elegant Washingtonians. The black-tie event was organized in celebration of the Green Cup Polo tournament held on Saturday at the Capitol Polo Club. The event’s coordinator, Lorraine Lamont, said the idea of the weekend’s festivities was “to raise awareness for eco-friendly causes while also enjoying yourself.”
Thrown at the exclusive L2 Lounge, the Gala featured organic wine selections and sustainable hors d’oeuvres as women waltzed around in floor-length gowns and men in tuxes with riding boots. The lounge was tastefully decorated with polo memorabilia including haystacks, polo sticks, riding helmets and boots, and saddles. Another smart touch was the projections of famous polo matches all over the walls. In attendance were the polo players themselves and other prominent guests like US Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne.
At the end of the night was a fashion show featuring designs by Oliver Tolentino, an eco-friendly fashion designer originally from the Philippines. Known for his bright textured gowns, he has dressed celebrities like Kimora Lee Simmons and Sophia Bush. Called the Philippines’ own Valentino, Tolentino creates completely sustainable clothing made from pineapple, hemp and lotus flower fabrics. The models were not your typical gorgeous women – they included Miss DC 2011 Ashley Boalch, Miss Maryland 2011 Allyn Rose, and Miss DC 2010 Jen Corey.
For the first time, profits from the Gala and Cup went to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit environmental action group with 1.3 million members that ultimately aims to safeguard our planet. They have a staff of over 300 lawyers, scientists, and other specialists who run a number of environmental programs like the Air/Energy Program, the Water and Oceans Program, and the Health Program.