Nineteenth + Seventh is a monthly feature bringing cutting-edge fashions from our global designers to your favorite tastemakers. Our goal? To help tell their stories through our designers’ clothing. We believe that fashion is at its best when many voices–from independent designers to bloggers, stylists, and connoisseurs–make themselves heard. Interested in sharing your fashion story? Email us letting us know you’d like to participate.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do?

My friends joke that I live two separate lives. On the one hand, I work in international security with a focus on counterterrorism and cybersecurity. I just finished my Master’s degree at Harvard University and will be serving as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Prior to graduate school, I worked on conflict management programs in Pakistan and throughout the Middle East. On the other hand, fashion has always played a large role in my life – whether experimenting with my own wardrobe, following the industry, or serving as a stylist to friends. I am also currently a model with Maggie Inc.

When did you develop a love of fashion?

I’ve experimented with fashion as long as I can remember. Although, as a kid I thought my backwards Celtics hat matched with everything. Overtime my fashion sense has gained a bit more nuance, but I have always loved the sense of personal creation, individuality, and self-expression that fashion provides. Fashion lets you experiment, while staying true to yourself (or, as a 9 year old, to my local sports team).

What does fashion mean to you?

To me, fashion is all about expression. It can communicate parts of your personality and identity, and it can evolve as you do. Fashion is also amazing in its ability to transcend boundaries, whether international borders or societal norms, while still remaining fundamentally unique to an environment or individual.

How would you describe your style?

My style tends to bridge classic and edgy, as well as the masculine and feminine. I love pieces that are accented by something unique, a modern structure or a nontraditional graphic design, as well as those that can feel more androgynous. I generally stick to a uniform of neutral colors – black, white, grey, denim, and lots (and lots) of leather.

How do you incorporate your own personal style with what you do?

My work environment is fairly conservative, so I use smaller pieces or details to keep my outfits feeling fresh and unique – leather trim, an overly structured shirt, or geometric earrings. My work has also given me the incredible opportunity to travel to countries with long traditions in fashion, from handcrafted jewelry to textiles. It’s been amazing to learn about that part of their history and culture.

What is your biggest fashion faux pas, regrettable purchase, or style phase?

Definitely the contents of my closet in the early 2000’s. I don’t think that was a good style time for anyone.

What is your go-to power outfit?

A slim cut, well-fitting suit. There’s just something about a great suit that makes me feel super confident. It keeps me sleek while still being serious enough to mean business.

What’s the one garment you’ll never give away?

An art deco style necklace made up of tiny red geometric pieces passed down to me by my aunt. She was the first one to teach me about fashion and instilled in me a love of things unique and true to yourself.

What trend do you hope never goes out of style?

While they’re having a moment right now, I don’t think the leather moto jacket will ever go out of style. There’s one I’ve had for almost a decade now that I’ll probably wear until it disintegrates.

What excites you about Nineteenth Amendment?

It’s focus on accessibility. The fashion industry can be hugely prohibitive to enter and to feel a part of. Nineteenth Amendment is breaking down this barrier for both the designer and the consumer. Their model is one that can truly create change and one that I think many, in the fashion industry and beyond, can learn from.

What spoke to you about the garment you chose to wear?

It was such a fun outfit! I loved how much attitude the Manfredonia pants had while still being incredibly sleek and classy. The fringe overlay added movement and the texture and detailing in the MAJ top paired perfectly.

 

ABOUT MAJ, PEACOCK

Formal separates inspired by Peacock lace that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect look for any occasion.

 

ABOUT MANFREDONIA, GOTHAM

Gotham by Anthony Manfredonia for NYFW15. A sultry mix of luxury separates for today’s metropolitan modern confident and sexy woman.

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