sydney's rising stars, now

Meet four creatives we can't take our eyes off right now as we celebrate originality, talent and style with the launch of the new Converse One Star collection.

by Created with Converse One Star
07 August 2017, 5:50am

Alys Hale, Musician and Writer

You're the lead singer in a great band called...?
Hair Die.

What is music to you?
It's my favourite art form: the most direct and arresting to me. It's also very difficult but I'm really into self flagellation.

What do you love most about it and where do you plan to take it?
Groupies. I think they still exist. I'd like to take my band out to dinner and to meet my parents eventually. Perhaps even a family Christmas if all goes well.

How would you describe your style generally?
Schizophrenic and sexually confused. I oscillate from one extreme to the other. Most things are black. That said, I've have had the same pair of Converse since I was 15 years old.

What are your memories of fashion in the 90s?
I was too embryonic to appreciate it firsthand, so my memories of 90s fashion are through secondhand sources: a lot of Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang and Ann Demeulemeester. Converse definitely seems to have been a 90s musician's shoe of choice, perhaps it's something about Seattle...

What do you like to do when you're not making music?
Reading, writing, making things, tracking down strange YouTube videos to send to my friends in the early hours of the morning, buying records and finding furniture and medical equipment on the street.

Who's in your gang and what do you like to do on a Saturday night?
My gang wish to remain anonymous, however on Saturdays we find balaclavas and go and see bands. I put on a night called Nuclear Sunset with my band and DJ a bit too.


Ines English, Actor

What makes you happiest in life?
Travelling and working.

What do you think will come to define this generation?
I hope our generation will be defined by our open-mindedness and social awareness. For being more accepting and intersectional in our beliefs, being independent, instead of focusing on traditional values.

What is acting to you?
Acting is a form of survival and expression. It plays a massive role in my life, from how I analyse society and people to how I channel my creative integrity. I love that actors and film makers capture a moment in time, a relationship or exchange between one person and another. It's about the human psyche and why we do the things we do. It's action and reaction, which essentially is what everything in life is.

You've just finished filming a recent remake of Picnic at Hanging Rock which will air on Foxtel and Amazon next year. So exciting! Who do you play and how was the experience?
I play an upper class English girl named Angela Sprack. It was an amazing experience. I met actors I've looked up to for years, and working with director Larysa Kondracki was super exciting. Everything, from the sets to the costumes, was a dream. I would love to work more in Australian film and TV.

If you could go back to any time and shoot with anyone, where would you go and who would you work with?
It would have to be Stanley Kubrick. Every time I watch his films I am overwhelmed by his pure genius. Dr. Strangelove is probably my favourite film of all time.

How would you describe your style generally?
It changes daily so I find it super hard to describe! Some days I'll wear my vintage 501s, sneakers and a tee and other days I'll dress up quite a bit. I have a few staple pieces from designers like Issey Miyake, Dries Van Noten and Ellery but the majority of my wardrobe is second hand. I wear Converse literally every day, alternating between about 4 different pairs.

What's the most helpful piece of advice anyone's ever given you?
"Don't hunch." - my mum.


Romy Safiyah, Stylist

What makes you happiest in life?
Salt water.

What is styling to you?
It's currently a creative hobby. I love the collaborative element — a strong team can really predict the outcome of a shoot. I also love the adrenaline rush of the 'lightbulb moment' when I'm prepping for an upcoming day on set.

If you could go back to any time and shoot with anyone, where would you go and who would you work with?
Maybe back to the 1960s and the iconic Studio 54, when Second Wave Feminism was radicalising women's eveningwear! I would particularly have loved to work with Yves Saint Laurent, when he debuted his Le Smoking collection in 1968.

What do you like to do when you're not making other people look good?
I grew up with classical music, so whenever I have access to a piano or violin I love to practice.

How would you describe your style generally?
I tend to wear the Romy Uniform — black or blue wide legs and a turtleneck — perhaps swapping my shoes or jacket for something a little more fun now and then. I love the classic Converse, black with white toes, or navy. I've always had at least one pair in my wardrobe.

What are your memories of fashion in the 90s, how did you dress then?
I remember living in a pair of Oshkosh overalls and blue low cut Cons as a kid. I also remember being incredibly envious of my older sister's sparkly purple Converse!

Why is it important to fight for what you believe in?
It builds integrity. Our beliefs define who we are and differentiate us from the next person. It's important to stand up for what defines you, right?

What's the most helpful piece of advice anyone's ever given you?
"O God, make me good, but not yet" - St Augustine paraphrased by Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited.


Nyajuok Wiew, Model

What makes you happiest in life?
Family, because they're there for you always.

What is modelling to you?
Modelling is a dream. It's something I've always wanted to do. It's everything to me, it's my drive and passion in life. Growing up it was just a dream, and now I get the chance to live the dream.

What do you love about it?
Everything! Each day is always different, I'm introduced to new creativity from all these extraordinary people I get to meet. Every experience I have on runways and sets is a treasure to me.

If you could go back to any time and work with anyone, where would you go and who would you work with?
I would love to be able to go back and work with Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

How would you describe your style?
I guess it's a cross between edgy and natural. I just tend to wear whatever looks good. I used to wear Converse throughout primary school with my uniform — my friends and I were always trying to show off, that's what I remember.

Who's in your gang and what do you like to do on a Saturday night?
My day-one clique consists of my cousins and some high school best-friends. Saturday nights are all for the turn up.

@koujayn @duvalagency

This article was created with Converse One Star, who have released a new range of colours and styles of the iconic shoe. View the full collection here and style them your way.


Photographer Charles Dennington with @mapltd
Fashion Charlotte Agnew
Hair Taylor James with @company1agency
Make-up Corinna Wilmshurst
Fashion assistant Alexis Aquino

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