SASS & BIDE x DJ ALICE Q

One of Sydney’s hottest DJ’s and our sass & bide Style Crush, Alice Q creates her Speakeasy inspired playlist for Style Week.
Refusing to be defined by one specific genre, Alice’s sound is as un-categorical as it is unique. Boasting an eclectic mix of beats and an energetic passion for music, she has experienced a meteoric rise since bursting onto the scene in 2009. With a distinctly feminine sound and style to match, Alice has played at many high profile soirees and has curated fashion shows and events. We asked Alice about music, style and her fashion week diary





What were your inspirations for the playlist you have created for sass & bide Speakeasy?
Definitely the speakeasy sounds of the 1920s.  Although the music isn’t strictly confined to that era, I’ve chosen songs that have drawn inspiration from Jazz, blues and soul music that was prevalent at that time. 


What’s the secret to your success?
I think being able to focus solely on what I do as a DJ and develop a niche has made a huge difference to my success.  I used to work two jobs and DJ on the side and it makes it very difficult to devote the time that you really need to make something successful. When I decided to bite the bullet and quit my other job I was finally able to give it my all and that’s made all the difference.


 





 
 

What does fashion week involve for you?
It depends on the shows I guess,  I love seeing what new designers are doing and to be honest I love the people watching - seeing so many fabulous outfits walking around is always a highlight for me. When you go to a show and they’ve really put in a a lot of effort with the theatrics and the light and sound are all working together, that always make me enjoy a show more.

  
  
What Are your highlights of Fashion Week?
It depends on the shows I guess,  I love seeing what new designers are doing and to be honest I love the people watching - seeing so many fabulous outfits walking around is always a highlight for me. When you go to a show and they’ve really put in a a lot of effort with the theatrics and the light and sound are all working together, that always make me enjoy a show more.

What does a day at Fashion Week look like for you?
It is different every year - it really depends on the events that I’m working on and the shows I want to attend.  For me Fashion Week isn’t crazy like it is for fashion editors or stylists that are involved.  I get to enjoy it which is nice, the busy part for me is in the lead up preparing collaborations, curating show music and playlists for events.

Is fashion week a collaboration of ideas or do you have free reign?
There are always a lot of events that go along with Fashion week, naturally those events need DJs so I do end up working a lot during FW. Every year it is different, last year I actually DJ'd in the atrium at Carriageworks throughout the week.  Sometimes I’ll do the music for some shows or prepare playlists for FW events.  I go to a lot of the shows too, usually the brands that I’ve worked with or friend’s labels. The lead up to fashion week is usually the busiest for me as that’s when all the music prep has to happen. 





Tell us about your style
I would say my look is kind of polished yet edgy.  Simplicity and comfort are important to me, especially while I’m DJing. I like to be able to move around and dance a little so I wear clothes that facilitate that, also I wear flat shoes a lot of the time - boots, sneakers or wedges as opposed to heels (although I do love heels when I can get away with it). I try not to go OTT with anything.  If I’m wearing a really pretty dress I’ll couple it with chunky boots or sneakers to give it a bit of edge.  Or if I decide to wear heels, I’ll dress it down with a bomber or a T-shirt dress. I find accessories the best way to take an outfit to the next level, my clothes are usually pretty simple and then I have a bit more fun with accessories.



Gone Forever Jacket. Unwritten Pant. On Your Way Dress. Always By My Side Scarf. Art Deco Top.

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