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Songstress Asta comes from an acoustic background and we love her electro-pop inspired tracks such as ‘My Heart is on Fire’, and ‘Escape’. Asta draws on a range of influences and is continually evolving and pushing the genre boundaries. Strong 80’s pop influences are currently driving Asta, immersing herself in the stories and back catalogues of Annie Lennox, young Madonna, and reaching even further to soul influences like Nina Simone. The songs Asta produces will never be reproductions; with her creative aspirations driving her to make sure no song ever sounds the same. It is this passion to deliver strong sounds, full of heart and soul, that shows a belief in herself as an artist and strengthens her connection with her fans.

 

What is style?

Style is a reflection of ones individuality. It’s being totally effortless yet having thought.

Why does style matter?

It’s a form of expression. An artistic statement really!

How would you describe your style?

It’s sophisticated with hints of 70’s glam. Casual yet fierce!

How has your style changed?

It’s hard to say. I think growing into a woman your style can take many turns. I feel more comfortable now in showing my curves and feeling strong in simple cut pants and jackets. There’s a certain confidence that peeks in, and the more I get older the ‘less is more’ attitude comes in to everyday wear.



 

 

Who are a couple of women whose style you most admire?

I love Chloe Sevingy and her relaxed, elegant style. If I’m feeling like wearing more of a street style, I look to Rihanna for inspiration on a more laid-back look.

What’s the most exciting thing happening now in the world of culture?

I think the way we share fashion now. We are able see in an instant what the latest trends are through social media and I find that so exciting. To see what someone is wearing in Tokyo right this second on my Instagram is amazing.

why do you love sass & bide?

sass & bide knows how to make you feel effortlessly chic. It’s for every girl, dancing up a storm or just lounging by the ocean side. It’s a brand that brings the fun, the glitter but also the attitude.

 

 

STYLE ICON:
Blondie.

HOLIDAY:
A farm in France.

PIECE IN YOUR WARDROBE:
Suit jacket.

PLACE:
Golden Age Cinemas.

RESTAURANT/CAFE:
Crossaints in the park.

ARTIST/GALLERY:
Brett Whitely Gallery.

DESIGNER:
Jean Paul Gaultier.

 
 
 
 
We are two best friends that love to get dressed, get snapped but mostly, get really wild. Hailing from North Queensland, we met while studying together at uni over a love of festivals, fashion and GOOD TIMES. We live together in a little pad in Burleigh heads spending the days swimming in the ocean, telling ridiculous stories, drinking wine and eating WAY too much cheese!

 

What is style?

Nikki: I think style is a person’s vibe translated to something tangible. It’s a great way to express yourself. I think you can tell a lot about a person from their style.
Lucy: Like Nik said, I think your personality shines through in your style. She's much more laid back than I am and so she wears lots of boho maxi etc. whereas I'm a bit more rough around the edges so you'll usually find me in a biker tee and denim shorts. 

How would you describe your style?

Nikki: I would say I have more of a laid back style. A bit bohemian, a bit western cowboy, a bit seventies. I love boots, off the shoulder things and midi-maxi dresses/skirts. And tassels. I still love a good tassel!
Lucy: I love a bit of everything - slips, denim, lace. I'm a sucker for vintage and anything leather! My main go to is my mum jeans, my RM's, a white tee or singlet and my leather jacket... it's my most prized possession and the most expensive thing I own!

  

 

 

Who are a couple of women whose style you most admire?

We both love Erin Wasson! Anything that woman puts on is insane!

Why do you love sass & bide?

We love sass and bide because you can walk in the store and buy the most extravagant dress equipped with all sorts of shine and sparkle to make you feel like Gigi Hadid at a Victoria's Secret after party, or you can buy the most simple and minimalistic cami to slip on at any time... but still feel SUPER LUXE! There’s a bit of everything to suit everyone. We even rocked sass & bide at Splendour in the Grass this year! You can take it anywhere!!

 

 

 

STYLE ICON:
Erin Wasson.

HOLIDAY:
Is Splendour in the Grass considered a holiday? 

PIECE IN YOUR WARDROBE:
Our black leather boots - Nikki's are cowboy style, Lucy's are RM Williams.
We don't take them off!!!

PLACE:
Nikki - The Amalfi Coast, Italy.
Lucy - For STYLE... Vintage shopping in Tokyo.

RESTAURANT/CAFE:
Rick Shores at our home in Burleigh is amazing - perfect place for a cocktail on a Sunday afternoon. We also love a little dingy Chinese restaurant in Sydney called Chinese Noodle Restaurant - seriously, go there!

ARTIST/GALLERY:
We're not very arty, but we loved The Lourve in Paris. We especially loved drinking a vino outside after!

DESIGNER:
Anything vintage!

 

I was born in Paddington, Australia. I am an Aquarian and my lucky number is eight. I am involved in a broad spectrum of projects as a creative director and or stylist and consultant for magazines, advertising campaigns, video and runway shows, from fashion to music to culture and events. I am energised and inspired by new talents; designers, models, photographers and artists. I have published my own tome called MARK, edited a magazine called Follow, created a fashion comic book called Petit Mal and worked as style director for Harpers Bazzar and Vogue Australia. In the 90's I lived and worked in NYC and am now based in Sydney. I continue to explore my individual creative interests and outlets.

 

 

What is style?

Individuality.

Why does style matter?

It defines you.

How would you describe your style?

Hip hop luxe.

How has your style changed?

It changes every season.



 

 

Who are a couple of women whose style you most admire?

Lily Rose Depp.

What’s the most exciting thing happening now in the world of culture?

Culture is scary right now.

 

 

STYLE ICON:
Willow & Jaden Smith.

HOLIDAY:
Beach.

PIECE IN YOUR WARDROBE:
Sneakers.

PLACE:
Byron Bay.

RESTAURANT/CAFE:
Seans Panorama and Road House Cafe Byron.

ARTIST:
Shaun Gladwell the Artist.

DESIGNER:
Nicholas Ghesgier




Discover more, meet We The Wild Ones >

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Explore the life of stylist Nicole Adolphe >

Behind the scenes with curator, Roger Leong >

 
 
 
 
I’m a freelance stylist, fashion editor, content producer and yoga teacher. I was previously fashion director at Cosmopolitan magazine and freelance for the likes of Grazia, Women’s Health and have styled editorials with leading Australian celebrities. Outside of work I love all types of yoga and dance classes and I also surf.

 

What is style?

A look that sets the tone for who you are as a person.

Why does style matter?

First impressions do count!

How would you describe your style?

Effortless, I am eternally late or in a rush so I like something I can just throw on and it’s a complete outfit, well cut clothes that don’t require accessories with a street style edge.

How has your style changed?

I used to love prints and statement hero pieces but with social media these pieces can only be worn once in a photo so now I stick to pieces I can style more ways than just one.



 

 

Who are a couple of women whose style you most admire?

I prefer to look at runway images rather than celebrities to get style inspo, I love Chanel, Alexander Wang and Miu Miu.

What’s the most exciting thing happening now in the world of culture?

Anyone can be style famous!

why do you love sass & bide?

I love the creativity of the prints and cuts, keeps my wardrobe fresh and the clothes fit well.

 

 

STYLE ICON:
Model Sara Sampaio.

HOLIDAY:
Nusa Lembongan, Bali, although not for the style more the holiday vibe.

PIECE IN YOUR WARDROBE:
Alexander Wang studded and chain bag.

PLACE:
Bondi Beach, cant beat it!

RESTAURANT/CAFE:
The Shop Wine Bar in Bondi.

ARTIST/GALLERY:
Rose Ashton Art.

DESIGNER:
Olivier Rousteing.

After a brief stint in the fashion industry, I ventured back to study and eventually to the museum sector, where I have held curatorial roles since 1990. I have worked at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; and the National Gallery of Victoria before joining the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney (MAAS) in 2014. I have organised over seventeen exhibitions, mostly of fashion, in addition to paintings, drawings, decorative arts and Ballets Russes costumes. Most recently, I co-curated Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life at MAAS in 2016.
 

 

What is style?

It’s the essence of a person’s individual bearing which includes the clothes one wears, how they carry themselves into the world, and one’s attitude to life.

Why does style matter?

Like anything, it matters to those who care. Ultimately, it’s about the level of charisma and power that one projects.

How would you describe your style?

Elegant geek, preppy, normcore and casual.

How has your style changed?

Hopefully a little more grown-up in recent years.



 

 

Who are a couple of women whose style you most admire?

What a difficult choice. It’s hard to go past Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton for their seemingly effortless sense of style.

What’s the most exciting thing happening now in the world of culture?

A sense of foreboding. I feel as if the world is on the cusp of something tragic and, hopefully, sublime.

why do you love sass & bide?

For me sass & bide have always captured the essence of Sydney; it’s sunny climate and lifestyle with just the right degree of attitude.

 

 

STYLE ICON:
Pharrell Williams.

HOLIDAY:
Anywhere with good friends and family.

PIECE IN YOUR WARDROBE:
Comme des Garçons jacket woven with slivers of tinsel.

PLACE:
Magnetic Island for its physical beauty and proudly unstylish lifestyle.

RESTAURANT/CAFE:
Baccomatto Osteria – rustic Italian meets Surry Hills gloss.

ARTIST/ARTWORK/GALLERY:
John Soane’s house in London (full of Greek and Roman antiquities, neo-classical furnishings and decorative arts, and William Hogarth’s 18th-century brilliant series of paintings The Rakes Progress).

DESIGNER:
Madeleine Vionnet, Art Deco couturier, inventor of the bias-cut and a master technician who created the most sensual clothes ever made for women.