Kani of K is for Kani has style in the bag — she effortlessly pairs colors, textures, and prints to create imaginative ensembles that are truly inspirational. This Down Under dame is a university student who balances studies in both marketing and law, but her real dream is to work in fashion and design. You’ll be charmed for her reasons for wanting to study in the U.S. (giant pizzas!) and her advice on style. But don’t take my word for it. Read her interview, glimpse her namesake dress, and browse her fave ModCloth picks.
You’re in college, right? Tell us a little bit about what you’re studying and what you’d like to do when you graduate.
Yep! We call it university in Australia and I’m currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing, as well as a Bachelor of Laws. It’s a double degree and it will see me stuck in my studies for at least a good five and a half years. I’m majoring in marketing for my Commerce degree, and in law, I plan to specialize in Intellectual Property/Cyberlaw/Media Law/Marketing Law.
I love marketing, I love studying about the law. However, what I love most and feels most fulfilling to me is fashion and design! I think the emotions and feelings you get from designing something and seeing someone else love it overrides any sort of emotion I get from completing a legal problem. I don’t know how to describe it. But I hope that when I graduate, I can be surrounded by fashion, design and blogging. And hopefully, the skills and knowledge I learn from my degrees will guide me through my life!
Have you ever studied abroad? If you could study in another country, which would it be and why?
No I haven’t! But if I was to ever study abroad, my absolute number one choice would be America! I have friends who have visited or studied there and they all come back raving about the amazing things to see, do, eat. Things like pizzas triple the size of what you get in Australia, the fabulous shopping experience, the culture…things I’ve only seen in movies and Gossip Girl! In particular, I would absolutely LOVE to live in New York. I imagine myself living in a little apartment somewhere in Brooklyn overlooking the shops and all. For some reason, I’ve got the impression that it’s a place where people chase their dreams. Perhaps I’ve been listening to Jay-Z and Alicia Key’s “Empire State of Mind” a few too many times.
Tell us a little bit about what languages you speak, and how you learned your second language.
I speak English mainly and a Chinese dialect — Shanghainese (the local dialect of Shanghai) at home to my parents. Funnily enough, I learnt to speak Shanghainese before I picked up English when I was four. Does that make English my second language then..?! Then I guess I learnt that at kinder! I also speak Mandarin, but not very often! In high school, I did a couple of years of French. I don’t think I could claim I ever learnt how to “speak” it, though I did learn a few handy phrases here and there.
As an Australian, do you feel living ‘Down Under’ influences your style?
We dress quite casual down here. The city I am from, Melbourne, is famous for wearing black. Also, being one of the few countries in the southern hemisphere, I think our choice of retail stores are quite limited, as some northern hemisphere brands don’t like to venture into catering for us poor beings living in opposite seasons!
You’ve got a knack for mixing colors and prints — do you have any tips for gals who tend to wear black but want to incorporate more color into their outfits?
Experiment, experiment, experiment! Sometimes the most unlikely of combinations turn out to be fantastic and the ones that you thought were great turned out to be…not so amazing. Prints are great to wear with other prints—provided they don’t clash too awfully. If you have a great standout print, it would look great mixed with a matching plain color piece. Color blocking is a huge trend right now as well. Some lovely combinations I am dying to try out are citrus mixes, jewel tone mixes, and also matching together different shades of the same color.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Hmm, quite hard to say! I think bloggers tend to give away quite a bit of information about themselves through their frequent posts online. So… let’s see! I was born with a lazy eye. Apparently I was handled a little carelessly and this caused me to develop a lazy eye. It basically means that I process most of my vision through my right (unaffected) eye, so what I see with both eyes is what I see with my right eye only. If I cover up my right eye, my left eye can see things but it’s a bit blurry. Strange, right?
Kani let us in on how she’d wear her namesake dress for a day in the city.