Romy is the mother of a 5 year-old son and the wife of fashion photographer Patrick Mcgreal, who she says is a “very supportive husband.”  If you haven’t heard about fashion stylist Romy Frydman you may have seen her work. Romy has worked as the Contributor Fashion Editor for Vogue Australia for 8 years.  In her 15 years of styling she has worked with talented photographers, one of them is her husband Patrick Mcgreal, who often shoot for her blog ‘Style Me Romy.’   Romy tells me some of the photographers that she had the most memorable shoots.  “Richard Bailey, Derek Henderson, Anders Overgaard, Nick Haymes and Maria Mochnacz, she’s fantastic,” Romy says.

 Her career began studying fashion at RMIT in Melbourne, then interned at Marie Claire Australia, “for a week, which earned me the job as Melbourne Fashion Editor.  I was then asked by Naomi Smith (now fashion director for Vogue and who is effectively still my employer) to come and join the team at ELLE magazine, they were great times.”  Romy moved to New York City for 5 years where she freelanced and contributed to Nylon and then back to her home town to be a Contributing Fashion Editor at Vogue Australia, “among others things” she says.

Romy says that not many people knew what a ‘stylist’ was.  “I often had to explain my job to people, so I think it was a little easier, as there were less of us vying for those limited positions, but we worked much harder.”  Romy says that there were no “style.com, no e-mailing, oh, ‘I hated that fax machine’.”

 Romy is also a creative director. “I like being a creative director, it’s just more challenging to sit with my advertising clients and discuss their presence in the market and how to improve on it.”  Romy’s favorite Australian designers, which are a few, she says: “Lover, Friedrich Gray, Ellery, Dion Lee,                     Therese Rawsthorne, and Jordan Askill jewellery.”

While working in the fashion industry for 15 years; she has gained much knowledge and skills along the way. “I can survive with a long ribbon tied around my neck with safety pins attached.” Romy thinks that assisting an established fashion stylist is “invaluable.”  What she looks for in an assistant; “everything I’m not, organized, prompt, and patient.”  Everyone knows that you have to assist to gain experience and may make some mistakes along the way.  Romy says that she has made “a few, but if there was perfection I’d be bored.

Loving what she does, she never gets distraught, “I never get down about my job, and a little stress fuels the adrenalin.”

With her new blog now launched, Romy shares with me the concept behind ‘Style Me Romy’.  “It’s a visual diary with the answers to questions I always get asked.  I felt there was so much I’ve always wanted to share about fashion and the blog is the perfect medium for this.  It’s a whole lot of insightful advice, sort of mini mag of fashion ideas.”  Romy tells me in detail her tips and business advice for aspiring stylists everywhere.  “It is hard work, but it’s definitely a great job.  If I could give business advice I probably wouldn’t be a stylist.  It’s a creative job and you have to love it as the rewards are few and far between.  But, you meet inspiring people all the way through your career.  You have to persevere because it’s your passion.  It’s definitely not your average job, but a good one. 

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