Padma Lakshmi pulled a robe straight from her personal closet for the Emmys – and he or she’s sending a strong message.

Padma Lakshmi, Padma Lakshmi posing for the camera: Padma Lakshmi Recycles J. Mendel Gown for the Emmys: 'It's Wasteful Not to Enjoy These Dresses'© Supplied by TIME Inc.
Padma Lakshmi Recycles J. Mendel Robe for the Emmys: ‘It is Wasteful To not Take pleasure in These Attire’

The star, 48, wore a plunging purple J. Mendel robe with a excessive slit up the aspect to the 70th Prime Emmy Awards, a design which she first stepped out in final October on the Vogue India Girls of the 12 months Awards in Mumbai.

“I’m excited to put on this lovely J. Mendel gown once more,” Lakshmi tells PEOPLE solely. “I believe these days we should always cease sending the message to younger girls and women that all of us have these infinite closets of garments we by no means put on greater than as soon as, particularly on a purple carpet.”

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She continues, “The hours that it takes, the artisans’ labor and the attractive materials all need to be worn once more and treasured. It appears wasteful to not take pleasure in these attire.”

This time, Lakshmi added a unique accent to her look — a blue ribbon pinned to her hip to point out her help for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Padma Lakshmi, Padma Lakshmi posing for the camera© Supplied by TIME Inc.

Whereas Lakshmi admits that “style is enjoyable,” she believes “there are extra essential methods to spend my time than to have hours of fittings for these massive occasions.”

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“It’s a whole lot of strain!” the admits. “What issues is the work that obtained us right here to the Emmys. As an alternative of fretting a lot over what to put on, I’d reasonably go to the park and throw a ball with #littlehands or tinker within the kitchen together with her bonding over scrumptious meals. I need to train her that there’s extra to life.”

Lakshmi beforehand hinted that she deliberate to put on the J. Mendel robe once more when she stopped by PEOPLE HQ earlier this yr.

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“I really like, love, love the Chrisitian Siriano gown I wore to the Emmys [in 2017]. However I had one other gown that I beloved as effectively and it was a J. Mendel gown. And I felt prefer it was a little bit risqué and really cleavage ahead, let’s say. So I didn’t put on it and I wound up carrying it to the 10th anniversary of Indian Vogue,” she mentioned. “However I want, and I in all probability will, put on it someplace right here in America. I don’t care if individuals are like, ‘Oh she wore that!’”

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