LAST year’s Observer Ethical Awards in London are firmly etched in Anna Heywood’s mind.
Not least for the fact that the successful environmental consultant scooped the award for Environmental Campaigner of Year, shared with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, no less. But she also got to rub shoulders with the brooding Mr Darcy, aka actor Colin Firth.
Anna will be attending the event for the third year running, and although not nominated for an award, she still hopes to turn heads on the green carpet.
This year’s star-studded judging panel includes Mr Firth, Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, model Erin O’Connor, Jo Wood of Jo Wood Organics, and geologist and broadcaster Professor Iain Stewart. Jamie Oliver is shortlisted for an award and there’s a rumour Leonardo di Caprio may attend.
Anna is being “dressed” by Fair Trade fashion pioneer People Tree and will wear a stunning satin weave organic cotton poplin dress with ruffle neckline. People Tree, which works with 50 Fair Trade groups in 15 countries, will also be dressing Jo Wood, eco-columnist Lucy Siegle and Colin Firth’s wife Livia.
Anna said: “I do like to look nice, but always consider the environment when I purchase something. When people spend money, they want to know that nobody has suffered in the production process. People Tree not only help improve the lives and environment of people in developing countries, they also create some fantastic clothes which are high fashion and great quality. I can wear great clothes safe in the knowledge that the planet hasn’t been harmed.”
When it comes to hair and makeup, Anna admits to a conservative approach.
“I always go for the same boring look – a bit of eye-liner and foundation. I never wear lipstick. I would love to glam it up for the awards and try some of this season’s vibrant colours,” she said.
And what better place to send Anna for her makeover than Savannah Lifestyle Salon & Spa in Newcastle? Newcastle’s only Aveda Concept salon, Savannah uses only Aveda products made from natural ingredients.
Anna’s hair was styled in a 1950s-inspired up-do to complement her vintage-style dress. Stylist Martin Slavin worked with Anna’s natural waves and finished the look with Aveda Air Control hair spray and Aveda Brilliance shine spray.
Make-up artist Heather Johnson used Aveda beauty products to give Anna a glamorous evening look.
Anna said: “The look is so different from what I usually go for, but I love it. I never wear my hair up, but it really complements the shape of the dress. Heather gave me some great makeup tips, so I’m definitely going to be more experimental in the future.”
Watch out, Mr Darcy.
Thanks to Savannah Lifestyle Salon & Spa, 11 - 14 Nelson Street, Newcastle, tel: (0191) 230-1919 www.savannah-salonspa.com