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Making a fashion statement

A fashion statement is loosely defined as something original worn to make a bold statement about fashion knowledge or to draw attention to oneself. But these days the term fashion statement may take on a deeper meaning - one with a political opinion or a social cause.

Nothing speaks louder than a fashion statement that is displayed loud and proud on a fashion runway or the red carpet, when all eyes are on you. At this year's Academy Awards, many celebs didn't just choose a gown that looks good on them but says a lot about what they stand for.

In the past, we used to list our top fave looks of the night. This time, we're gonna list the looks that made a bold fashion 'statement'.

Saving the earth one garment at a time

This is a topic we've spoken about before. Fashion and textiles is the most polluting industry in the world, second to oil. Our love for fashion may just be killing the earth. Designers are now taking steps to address this issue. Here are some of the sustainable gowns that hit the Oscars red carpet.

Emma Roberts in a vintage Giorgio Armani gown from his very first Privé Collection. The gown originally debuted in Paris in January 2005.

Olivia Culpo stunned in a custom Marchesa gown made of beer glasses. In partnership with Stella Artois and, the piece was created using one-of-a-kind glass beads from Stella Artois's Limited-Edition Chalices in support of their “Buy A Lady A Drink” campaign, which helps to provide clean water for people in the developing world.

At Vanity Fair's Oscar Party, Rooney Mara wore a pleated off-white gown designed by H&M Conscious made of a Georgette crafted from recycled polyester.

Fashion vs Politics

With the recent shake-ups in the US political scene, many have taken to the streets (or online) to voice their distaste and to stand united with the oppressed. Oscar-nominated Director, Ava DuVernay, wore her political message loud and proud - and beautifully as well. Her gorgeous gown was by Ashi Studio in Beirut, Lebanon. In a tweet, DuVernay captioned "A small sign of solidarity. I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country. Thanks to Ashi Studio of Lebanon."

One word - STUNNING.

Ava DuVernay in Ashi Studio at Oscars 2017

Ava DuVernay in Ashi Studio at Oscars 2017

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