Loomstate x Parsons New School Of Design Present The Zero Waste Anorak
Did you know that an estimated 15% of the excess fabric used when making clothing winds up in landfills, further polluting our Earth? To eliminate this wasteful approach to fashion design, a group of idealistic and environmentally conscious designers have been toiling away, trying to create patterns and sewing techniques that leave no scraps behind. In just a few years, these “zero waste” techniques have become a hot subject for fashion stalwarts and budding designers alike. In fact, Parsons The New School For Design (the refuge of season after season of Project Runway contestants) even offers a course on Fashion Design and Sustainability led by zero-waste expert Timo Rissanen, who likes to approach pattern-making as if he were constructing a giant jigsaw puzzle, with each bit of fabric having a specific placement in the larger whole.
To show their support for zero-waste design techniques, the founders of eco-friendly fashion brand Loomstate, Scott Mackinlay-Hahn and Rogan Gregory, aligned forces with Rissanen to mentor his latest batch of students, educating them on energy-efficient approaches to sourcing, dyeing, and producing denim. The students, then, were challenged to create original denim pieces using the techniques they learned during the 15-week course. The student with the winning design would have his or her garment manufactured and produced by Loomstate.
This honor was bestowed upon Andria Crescioni, who designed the dolman sleeve anorak pictured above. The contemporary, urban, functional design features drawstrings along the hemline, as well as to secure the hood, and cinch the waist — all jutting out of diamond-shaped leather patches. Other city-centric details include pleated cargo pockets, a snap-front closure, leather tabs to secure rolled-up sleeves, and a swooping fabric strip along the neckline for added panache (and to protect the neck from gusting winds).
The limited-edition Loomstate Zero Waste Anorak ($345 at Loomstate.org) stands as a pioneer of a new green fashion frontier, one with tons of promise from both a stylistic an an environmental stance.