Fashion is the new acting for "Orange Is the New Black" actress Alysia Reiner – Los Angeles Times

“Orange Is the New Black” actress Alysia Reiner has taken on a new role as co-founder of the eco-friendly ethical label Livari.

With the know-how of Claudine DeSola and Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, the collection will debut on Sept. 13 at a runway show at the Metropolitan Pavilion West in Manhattan. DeSola, who is also founder of the Caravan Stylist Studio, has suited up Reiner for more than 100 events in the past six years including the New York premiere of “Equity.” St. Bernard-Jacobs is the founder of fashion label Tabii Just, and is a Women’s March on Washington organizer.

About to start shooting the film “Egg” with Anna Camp and Christina Hendricks in New York, Reiner said, “In the face of adversity, I have always believed in making art. Art has amazing potential to be a change-maker and amazing potential for feeling. The film is all about change for women. It’s very much a feminist piece but also we have hired all-women heads for every single department. In reference to the fashion line, we wanted to disrupt as many things as we could. Everyone has been talking about fast fashion, and we want to create the opposite — slow fashion. We also wanted to create fashion that is zero-waste, fair trade and Made in New York.”

Intent on making a collection for women and by women, the trio held a focus group to see what women wanted before they sketched anything. Aware that fashion is the third-largest polluter behind oil and agriculture, Reiner said the average American throws away 68 pounds of clothes a year, according to the Council of Textile Recycling. With that in mind, she and her cofounders wanted to glean from participants what their favorite clothing items, body parts and fashion pet peeves were to try to avoid designing items that could potentially go to waste. Fit was a key concern, with adjustable waistbands and zippered sleeves being among the suggestions.

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