We’ve gotten to know you over the past several months, but can you share your story with our Amenders?
My name is Sabi Datoo-Lalji and I am a little Londoner, living in NYC. I moved over in January 2015 with my other half. I have worked in Fashion for over 8 years and am currently a freelance fashion and editorial director and a qualified Yoga teacher.
As a freelance fashion and editorial director, a majority of the time my position is split into two roles. Either I am spending my days penning away collection reviews or shopping galleries for online magazines or I am consulting with brands on their aesthetic, branding, content, social media and overall creative communication. I currently write for OliviaPalermo.com, StyleBlazer.com, and BeneRialto.com. When I’m not doing the above, I am busy documenting little pockets of zen for my own blog, Zen and the City.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion to me is a way of speaking without using words. They say first impressions are formed within seconds, so why not dress the way you’d like to be perceived, so that when you do speak, you’re just affirming what they already know.
When did you develop a love of fashion?
I don’t really remember a specific age my love for all things fashion festooned; however, I do remember wanting to sew everything in sight from a very young age. My grandmother taught how to use a sewing machine and there wasn’t really any stopping me from then on. It could be any scrap of material – even her lovely scarves at one point – but I used to be entranced by joining two different fabrics together to create something totally new. My love for writing developed when I was about 11 years old when I would spend all my pocket money on magazines every week! I used to love the way words told the story of an image and, at a very young age, I realized how important storytelling really was for the imagination.
How would you describe your style?
I like being playful with my style and very rarely go for anything safe. In the summer, I love prints and neon, in silks and chiffons – I like the softness of being girly in the sun. During the colder months, like fall and winter, I tend to turn to more block colors and cleaner lines, still incorporating a playful edge. There’s usually a pom pom hanging off my bag or me most days; this however, is an all-year-round habit!
How do you incorporate your own personal style with what you do?
I love the idea of standing out versus following the grain; I never really “fitted” in growing up so I think my goal with my clients is to always create or suggest something ‘out of the box’ or unique. Whether it be designing graphics, writing an article or styling a shoot. I am strong believer in something being crazy enough to work.
What trend do you hope never goes out of style?
One trend I hope never goes out of style are point toe pumps. It can immediately elevate any look, even a plain white tee with ripped jeans. Points can do so much!
What’s the one garment you’ll never give away?
A gorgeous leather wrap-dress by Diane Von Furstenberg! It fits me like a glove, and can be worn on casual or smart days.
What excites you most about Nineteenth Amendment?
I love the role technology is playing within the fashion industry. Nineteenth Amendment is truly the epitome of what consumers are getting excited about when they shop. There is no middleman per se in fashion anymore. The consumer can have the items on their lust-list in a shorter time span than ever, in a holistic way. I also love the way they support the emerging designer, after all these are the creatives of our future.
What spoke to you about the garment you chose to wear?
For as long as I can remember, I have loved bright colors mixed with sharp black and textures; I think the stark contrast of something so bold with such a mysterious edge creates it’s own story. This is the main reason why I gravitated towards the Meghan Hughes Neo Crop Top paired with Sara Di Salvo’s Hot!Couture Faux Fur Black Coat so much; it resonated with me, and my love for unique storytelling.
This line combines 1960s style with a little bit of western and futurism. The use of bright, bold colors and a range of fabrics creates a fun, upbeat, cartoonish vibe, while the feminine silhouettes allow for easy wearability.
This collection takes inspiration from the Victorian era with intricate custom patterned fabric of a Victoria woman cut in city-living silhouettes. It is high-hand fashion, proudly produced with an Italian point of view.
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.