As my time in New York comes to a close, I have to say I’m sad to leave. I’ve had such a great summer here and have learned so much just from observing NYC street style. This week, I met Mischa Sitompul, an FIT international student from Jakarta, Indonesia, and she reminded me what a melting pot New York really is. After studying in South America last fall, I feel especially aware of international fashion and trends and am inspired by them as a result. What I loved about Mischa’s style was how she mixed pieces by many different designers while staying true to her Indonesian roots. Check out the interview below to learn more about a true international Fashionista, and how New York influences her.

Name: Mischa Sitompul

Major: Advertising and Marketing Communications

Year: Recent FIT graduate

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?

Mischa Sitompul: I’m wearing a Brandy Melville sweater, a skirt from Indonesia, shoes from Melissa, Fendi sunglasses, a bag from Alexander Wang, and necklaces from Bali.

CF: Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?

MS: My mom, my grandma, people from FIT or on the subway. People from Brooklyn—I really like their style. I don’t really look at magazines too much, but I look at websites like It’s a website featuring people from around the world, what they’re wearing and everything… basically street style.

CF: How would you describe your style in a couple of words?

MS: I have no idea… Maybe Bohemian.

CF: What’s your go-to item in your closet.

MS: Vintage Chanel. Always good.

How To: Try a chain necklace with a sweet sweater to create an unexpected bohemian inspired combination. By adding a loose maxi skirt, you will be able to fully recreate Mischa’s bohemian elegance. Not only is this outfit chic and comfortable, but it will also carry you into the fall. Not crazy about my clearly out-of-control obsession with maxi skirts? Try the same look with loose-fitting boyfriend jeans to achieve the same effect. Mischa reminded me that international fashion has the ability to influence all of us, and NYC is the perfect environment to gain that global sensibility. Until next week in Chicago….

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