I might be a maturely-aged student, but I feel incredibly young at heart. Just like everyone else I am nervous about meeting new people, fitting in with my classmates and succeeding in all my endeavors. I rarely feel a great difference between myself and my younger classmates until I hear myself saying things like “I remember seeing Nirvana live at the Big Day Out in 1992”. Only to be made aware that some of my classmates were born that year or worse, later that decade. In 1992 I was 17-years-old, which is not a lot younger then they are now. Back then Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Guns ‘N’ Roses, and Lenny Kravitz were at the peak of their musical careers. Those who worship them proudly embellished their logos or likeness across the front of their T-shirts. Fast-forward to 2013, and queue international RMIT’s Sonika Phakey with her larger then life Jay-Z tee.
Name: Sonika Phakey
Major: Degree Fashion and Marketing
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing and where did you get if from?
Sonika Phakey: I’m wearing a Jay-Z T-shirt from the “Watch the Throne” album, the jacket I brought on sale from H&M and my boots are from Topshop. I’m an international student from London; mostly I shop of High St. London, everything is cheap and trends arrive quickly to this shopping district.
CF: Where does your inspiration come from?
SP: From my very stylish friends mostly, I don’t think I’m very individualistic even though I try. I wear what is easy as long as I am comfortable, but especially comfy shoes–always. I brought these combat-style boots from Topshop, they look solid but I don’t think they are real leather.
CF: Who is your favourite designer/s?
SP: I Just walked passed the new Kenzo shop front, which jogged my memory of how much I like their bright prints, my favourite British designer is Christopher Kane.
CF: Do you have a favourite Australian Designer?
SP: I don’t know many Australian designers except for Sass & Bide. My new Australian friends have told be I will love Romance Was Born, so I am looking forward to discovering a new label.
How To: To be a grunge girl you could read the wikihow guide which offers some great advice such as “Stop caring about being admired. Recognize that being famous and popular are shallow forms of validating yourself. They have no actual value.” Or you could simply slap on your favourite pair of jeans, I like the ethics of Melbourne made and designed Nobody jeans, order your favourite band T-shirt and Dr. Marten boots. Add further authenticity by knitting your own beanie and an open front shirt, light jacket or flannelette shirt over the top. But before you head out the door, please wear bands that you actually know or else you may rub up an old-timer like myself the wrong way when we ask to sing karaoke with you and you don’t know the words.