“When I was in school, I didn’t wait for things come to me. I went out of my way to get them,” says Natalia Allen, founder and CEO of the successful and innovative sustainable fashion consulting firm Design Futurist. Allen, BFA Fashion Design ’04, combined her Parsons fashion education with an intensive social science program at The New School and extracurricular research on ecofriendly technology and textiles. Her quest for knowledge took her straight to the fashion industry’s fast lane. Upon graduating in 2004, Allen was elected Designer of the Year by her program (with Ashleigh Verrier); shortly thereafter, she was hired as an innovation consultant by Donna Karan to develop new products for the company’s men’s collection.