Meet model extraordinaire, Lia Bass. Twenty-four years young, and turning heads along the east coast. Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, the former college basketball player decided to let go of hoop dreams and follow her love for fashion.

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When did you develop a love of fashion?

I have always had a love for fashion. I was kind of a hoarder growing up, some clothes would be too big or small, and I would still hold on to them. My mom would get on me about it, but I felt there was still life to any piece. The fun part was finding ways to wear pieces that helped others see the beauty as well. I am also pretty obsessed with Andre 3000. Music is a huge part of my being as well, so growing up listening to him, as well as watching him bring his expressions to a visual piece through fashion was also very inspiring.

 

Aside from Andre-inspired, how would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as ‘open.’ Simply because I am open to all forms of style, I’m inspired by all styles and really dig mixing patterns and cuts and fabrics, etc.

 

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

I work a fulltime job throughout the week so that I can pursue my modeling career. What started out as a hobby, has now become a form of art that I happily commit all my time to.

When modeling, I try to incorporate my own style with what I do, by just adding my unique style of attitude and energy to the photoshoot/show.

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Describe your morning routine. At 9 am each day, you are….

Each day at 9 am, I am eating fruit. On my commute to work, I stop at the fruit stand and get my oranges, plums, grapes, and bananas that I eat for breakfast.

 

Describe your evenings.

My evenings are spent at home, practicing my guitar in my room. I’ve recently invested in an electric guitar, and I’m not too good at it [haha] but it’s a work in progress.

 

What spoke to you about the garment(s) you chose to wear?

What stood out to me about the Tri-Color dress was its versatility. The dress was subtle, but could also be dressed up or dressed down. I was wearing a pair of velvet chelsea boots with a cuban heel, and the hue of the soft pink down the middle complimented the shoes so well.

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What is your go-to power outfit?

Hmm.. My go-to power outfit, would be a pair of ripped jeans or, better yet, trousers with a pattern or a wide leg, with a cool blouse (I love patterns), chelsea boots with a cuban heel, a bomber jacket that’ll more than likely be oversized and hanging off my shoulder, and a bandana tied around my neck. Pretty casual.

 

Wow! That’s an ensemble. What’s the one garment you’ll never give away?

I have this “Marlboro” jacket that i found at a thrift store. Almost everyone asks to buy it from me but I don’t think I’ll ever let it go. It feels pretty priceless.

 

What trend do you hope never goes out of style?

I would say, I just hope that fashion never steers away from taking a blast to the past. I love the vintage, 90’s look. Or the vintage grunge, or 70’s look. It just adds a bit more flavor, especially when blended with modern styles.

 

What does fashion mean to you?

To me fashion is a form of expression. Stepping out of your comfort zone, being confident and also helping others see that they can be confident in their own skin and really sport whatever look they choose in that moment. Simply another form of expression through art.

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What excites you about Nineteenth Amendment?

Aside from the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of working with, Nineteenth Amendment welcomes different designers, as well as models, which opens up a realm of all kinds of art forms. There’s so much variety, outfits for diff occasions, mix and match options, etc. The possibilities are endless!

ABOUT MEGHAN HUGHES ‘SPELLBOUND’

Inspired by the whimsical, dark, and peculiar characters and films of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, Boston-based Designer Meghan Hughes’ “Spellbound” collection features fun, feminine, and easy-to-wear dresses in neutral colors and mixed materials.

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.