Monthly Archives: March 2012

Maison Balzac

Spending time with Elise Pioch is like being embraced in a fairytale. Elise’s poetic stories are entrancing and no wonder, she’s the great great granddaughter of the french novelist Honore de Balzac. Note the reason her candles, Maison.Balzac (out next month) are named after her family lineage.

All Photo’s: Romy Frydman for
Elise in her bedroom wearing Dries Van Noten, a purchase from her job as the International Buyer at Belinda.

Her candles & essential oils

Fragrance testers for her candles.

Looking so french (her origin) in her kooky Bronte kitchen.

A souvenir from her birthplace, Beziers, South of France where bull fights and indian summer still happen.

On her desk

The Chappelli Bike, a design by Elise’s finance, the industrial designer Pablo Chappell.

Elise found her wedding dress designer, Delphine Manivet, in Paris who gave her this doll after an appointment with fabric swatches attached.

Considering Elise has been in fashion most her life she keeps her wardrobe to minimum.

Maison.Balzac candles in the bottom of her monogrammed Birkin bag from her time working at Hermes in Paris.


Elise loves Thyme (the herb) & uses it everywhere (cooking, cocktails, bath…) even planting it on her balcony in Bronte.

Pictured her beloved family.

Elise and Pablo’s country house a small church from 1880 near the Hawkesbury River. They have worked  hard renovating it into a homely country heaven with 4 chickens, a vegetable garden, a fruit orchard and a Victorian green house. I just adored her story in the most amusing, unspoilt way about her parents buying her a pool for the house this Christmas.

Elise wears Marni dress with jeans underneath, her new look this winter.


It took Balenciaga’s latest fall 12 collection to inspire me to finally do my first eighties story. I know it’s tame!

All Photos: Jordan Graham for
Stylist: Romy Frydman Hair & Make-up: Victoria Baron

Model: Alicia Kuczman (Chadwick) wears adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott track top $250, Ksubi jeans $219.95, Gucci shoes $640 and Ksubi sunglasses $289.

adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott track top $300, adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott top $250, Ksubi jeans $199.95 and sunglasses.

adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott track top $380, James Perse tshirt $140, Acne skirt $310

A Few for Friday…

Things that will get you through and be thankful it’s finally Friday!!!

Brighten any weekend with coloured jeans from Acne $220

Monogrammed sunnies to hide your weekend sins!
Prada Private Collection sunglasses available at Sunglass Hut $540

For a bit of weekend bling American Apparel glitter nail polish $14

New New Miu Miu

DJ Philippa was flewn in to rock the house (literally) at the party to celebrate the new Miu Miu store in Sydney last Friday. Philippa & I took a quick tour of the store and photographed our wish list before she popped back on the plane to NZ!

Wonder Woman

All Photos: Patrick Mcgreal for
Styling:Romy Frydman Hair and Makeup: Victoria Baron Shot at Sunstudios
Lauren Brown (Pricillas) wears Prada bodysuit and Isabel Marant trainers from ParlourX

Lauren Brown wears Prada jumsuit and Louis Vuitton skirt

Lauren Brown wears Louis Vuitton shirt.

Loving the wonderful model, Lauren Brown who’s back in Sydney for a bit. Taking a break this season from the international show circuit she hung out with StyleMeRomy instead!


Images I took today at Myer Autumn Racing Show I styled.

From left TM Lewin suit, centre Magdalena Velevska dress, Yeojin Bae dress and all hats Philip Treacy all available at Myer.

My very first job at marie claire magazine, many moons ago was with Fashion Director, Jane Roarty. Today at the Myer Autumn Racing event she said that she could tell that I’d styled the show, it had my handwriting all over it. Thank you Jane for remembering my love for flowers, tulle masks and manstyle hats (no fascinators) 15 years on.

Golden Girl

Jessica Gold (Maverick) wears Karen Walker

I just found this pic I shot of model, Jess Gold, in fittings for Myer shows. God I love her look! It’s that whole super cool, slightly androgynous, slightly Emma Balfour thing she has going on. The other added bonus is she looks good in everything!

Add to Cart

The Hugh Stewart Gallery, is of course the brainchild of my old NYC flatmate, inspiring photographer Hugh Stewart. His small online gallery holds an archive of his incredible images from years of shooting the most amazing portraits and traveling almost everywhere. Now they are up for online sale.

All Photos: Hugh Stewart available online at

I can definitely vouch for Hugh’s comment below…

“I started the gallery in response to the many frustrated people who have tried to buy prints from me and found I am too distracted, disorganised and busy to respond” Hugh Stewart

Haddad it All

Fashion photographer and StyleMeRomy contributor, Marnie Haddad, debuted her photography works in a show last week to an astounding  200+ guests including the renowned artist Bill Henson.

Bill Henson’s favourite pic above right.

Marnie Haddad’s, The Manor exhibition 1-17th March at Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

Marnie described her debut as a professional milestone, the most rewarding moment in her photographer career. I wish my dear friend millions more x

Culture Club

Something’s in the air.. fashion and art are meeting up everywhere this week & making beautiful pictures. I’ve personally had show overload, so thinking of taking a break from watching runways and going to Gary Heery‘s photographic exhibition in collaboration with Michelle Jank and Grandiflora.

Gary Heery’s ‘Undergrowth’ exhibition opens the 8-18th March, Shapiro Gallery

162 Queen Street Woollahra, Sydney.

I asked my pal, designer, stylist and all round creative girl, Michelle Jank how the idea for the exhibition can about…

“I think we all share the bond of knowing that it is really important to do something for your creative spirit. It’s important and liberating to be able to work on projects that are not driven by anything other than a love for doing what you do. I think it was interesting for the three of us to see the project grow and change over the year that we have been working on it. You really find your way and your rhythm working with each other. Gary and Saskia are very dear friends, I really respect and admire the magic they produce with their work, they create beauty in such an effortless way and is there anything better than working on creative projects with good friends?” Michelle Jank

Michelle sends her love from the Hollywood Hills, where she is right up near the sign! You’re a fashion gypsy Miss Jank!