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?

I was born at Harlem Hospital and spent my formative years in White Plains, New York. I have been in the fashion business for over 10 years. I started my career in fashion working for a New York event planning company, Glow Media, that specialized in producing promotional Fashion Shows. I started out there as a stylist intern before landing a paid position as a model wrangler and eventually became a Production Coordinator where I was in charge of coordinating with stylists, designers, and models to schedule fittings and assist with the run of the show. Later, I moved into the corporate arena in buying and merchandising roles for some major retailers. In to corporate life, I juggle my career with being a mom to a talented teenage girl who is a hip hop majorette dancer for the Marching Cobras of NY. Currently I am designing costumes for the dance line and hosting charity fashion shows for local organizations.

What does fashion mean to you?

Everything! It should be an expression of who you are not what others want you to be! It’s not about wearing the hottest designers it’s about wearing what represents you! You can buy fashions, but you can’t by style!

How would you describe your style?

My style is a mix of chic minimalist with touches of edgy and glam. My fave look is a neutral dress (either black, white or grey) like this Midi Dress by Ayanna Marie Designs (AMD), a bold lip, either a moto jacket or vest and one shiny piece to complete the look.

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

Working in the corporate world is sometimes very tough for me because I do not like the traditional pant suit. I compromise by having one piece that screams professional and one that whispers edgy. For example, my favorite way to wear a blazer is with leather sleeves or panels or I would wear denim with a great heel and a basic blazer.

What was your biggest fashion faux pas?

I would say the 90’s was not a great time when I look back. I wore lots of oversized clothes which ironically is still evident in my style today as I still incorporate loose or boxy silhouettes. I think back then I took it a bit too far wearing size 40 men’s Boss jeans (for all you young’uns out there, Boss was a 90’s denim brand).

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

My vintage Louis Vuitton speedy bag!!! I love it! André Leon Talley complimented me on it while eating at a restaurant.

What excites you about Nineteenth Amendment?

I think Nineteenth Amendment is going to take the fashion retail business to new heights. It’s going to change the way we think and the retail industry. Not only does it give designers without big names behind them to share their art. It provides the consumer with more diversity in fashion choices to fully express themselves.

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

Since I have very little time in the morning to fuss over details, I need clothes that are stylish and easy to look chic but that I can grab quickly and can adapt my look based how I layer.

The Midi Dress by Ayanna Marie Design is perfect because it is an easy sleek silhouette that I can pretty much pair with any layering piece and shoe to match my mood of the day. What I loved about the Lobo Mau jacket was that even though it simplistic in color with the monochromatic black and white theme, it screams stylish as it was bold in in print and an in texture which gave my look dimension.

ABOUT AYANNA MARIE DESIGN, SPRING/SUMMER 2014

Ayanna Marie Design (AMD) is a company that creates clothing for the woman who values a classic look but also likes to keep up with current contemporary trends. The AMD woman  likes to fill her closet with pieces that last for more than just a season and can be integrated into her wardrobe as an accent piece as well as a staple.

ABOUT LOBO MAU, SECRET SWEATSHIRT

Look chic every day while wearing your sweats EVERYWHERE. The Lobo Mau woman is the wolf in sheep’s clothing. She maintains a sophisticated appearance even when she’s in her favorite sweatshirt. She pays reverence to her wild side with bold prints, but does it with advanced sophistication and ease. She is not afraid of her confidence and femininity. She doesn’t fear the wolf, because she is the wolf.

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