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By Nyerere Haynes
WOW: How would you describe your design
Sally Lochan Dass: My 100% hand-painted re-
sort collection has been carefully painted and
designed for that elegant look. Created to give
a wow effect when the ladies step out in these
breathtaking pieces. They are perfect for that
elegant evening dinner or your Caribbean vaca-
WOW: Where do you find your inspiration?
SLD: My inspiration came from Machel Mon-
tano & Neval Chatelal's "Wonders of This
World." This is my country and I want to repre-
sent; I want to show the world our beauty. We
are blessed with so many natural wonders. I
personally visit sites like the Gasparee Caves
and the glowing Mayaro river to get my own
feel for the environment, so I can truly paint
from my heart.
WOW: When did fashion/a sense of personal
style first become important to you?
SLD: Fashion and personal style has always
been important to me. That's why I opened
Sally's House of Fashion with very stylish cloth-
ing imported from L.A. I'm also a member of the
House Of Jacqui Modelling Agency, and an
WOW: Who is your style icon?
SLD: I love Kim Kardashian's sense of style: sexy
yet classy and unusual.
WOW: Describe your personal style.
make-up. I love changing hair colours; one day
I'm blonde, the next day I'm brunette. Carnival
time ... well that's another story.
WOW: What's up next for you?
SLD: I will be joining forces with the Carnival
band Fireworks Promotion. I want to bring my
collection to life in the form of Carnival Cos-
tumes....our theme for Carnival 2015 is My Trin-
bago: Wonders of this World ... the same as my
WOW: Are there other designers, artists or
musicians that influence your work?
Not really....I do my own thing.
WOW: What's your approach to a collection?
SLD: I decide on which aspect of nature I will be
painting, then I set up my plain white silk. I pull
up the pic on my computer and start painting. I
let it dry, iron the painting to set it, wash, let dry,
iron again, and sew my piece. This is why hand
painted silk pieces are so costly. Very time-con-
WOW: What motivates you in your career?
SLD: My determination. Even when all hope
was lost, when my seamstress took on a con-
tract and left me hanging with San Fernando
Fashion Week a few months ahead, I could not
find a seamstress in time, so I taught myself to
sew on YouTube. In a few weeks, I had my col-
lection ready. Seeing my hard work on the run-
way made me feel so proud.
WOW: What are the most important ele-
ments to consider when it comes to design?
SLD: We live in the Caribbean, so we have to
produce clothing that is breathable and cool.
Comfortable and not complicated. My line is
WOW: What obstacles have you faced or are
facing; how do you cope?
SLD: When you are starting up in business, no
one tries to help you. So you have to take mat-
ters into your own hands and make things hap-
WOW: What have been some of your most ex-
SLD: I just showed my first collection at San Fer-
nando Fashion Week Pre-Show, so I guess that
would be my first milestone. And, of course, this
wonderful feature ... ask me this same question
next year I'll have a page full, ha ha....
WOW: What is your vision for your line and
how do you intend to accomplish it?
SLD: To see tourists wearing these pieces. For
our pieces to reach all over the world.
WOW: What's the best advice you've ever re-
SLD: Meiling Esau at the Start Up Grind Event ...
I remember her saying that, way back in the day
when she now started out as a designer, she
was about to show her collection at the Hilton.
Moments before the show, from the hotel she
saw smoke coming from the city. It was her
shop on fire....but she said to herself there was
nothing she could do; she had to focus on the
now. She showed her collection with pride.
That's what I remembered when I was faced
with no seamstress and time was against me. I
said to myself, "No matter what, the show must
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