hl next level 2018: stylist romy alfino

Trevor Stuurman
Having got her start via her blog, which in turn led to being asked to contribute to a local fashion magazine, Romy Alfino worked with Lindsey Appolis  and Farzanah Siblall  on the glowing, inspirational images in their 2017 project, Reimagining Tretchikoff. Styling is Romy’s side gig – she’s also a teacher – and we are sure the kids being educated by this talented Capetonian regularly ask her for sartorial tips. 

how did you get started as a stylist?

I created a blog about seven years ago, and soon after that the editor of a local magazine contacted me and asked me to co-style their editorials with her.

Do you have a favourite among the projects you’ve worked on?

It would have to be Reimagining Tretchikoff. I really enjoyed recreating those iconic masterpieces.

who are the creatives on your radar right now?

Katinka Bester, Alix-Rose Cowie, Tauriq Dolley and Heather Boting.

and which artists do you look up to?

Lindsey Appolis, Rizqua Barnes and Sean Drummond, just to name a few.

what inspires you?

Old films, Led Zeppelin, The Row, Grace Coddington, Tim Keller, The Gentlewoman, John Piper and abandoned buildings.

what is your earliest visual memory?

My mother’s and grandmother's style had such a creative flair, so witnessing that really stuck with and influenced me.

Which single place would you recommend that people visit?

Any place that doesn't require you to conform. It must encourage originality and be a place where most people do not go.

What is the next project that you are working on?

Abstract portraits with Lindsey Appolis. Learn all about the game changers who are taking things to the Next Level in our #HLNEXTLEVEL2018  issue.