Hermione Underwood and Nadia Fairfax are two names in the Australian fashion scene that you’re most certainly acquainted with. The friends go back over a decade, before the world of Instagram and social media, but it’s these very platforms that have helped carve out their successful careers.
With experience ranging from public relations, to styling, brand consulting, travel blogging, and even gymnastics (Nadia!), these two come with a wealth of knowledge, and it was only a matter of time until they came together and collaborated.
In 2016, Underwood launched jewellery label Atelier Romy with co-founder Sabine Roemer—a label devoted to classic pieces you can wear in your every day.
Hermione, with her PR background and decade-long career in fashion, understands the power of a collaboration, and reached out to close friend Nadia for the start of their #ARxNF partnership. The first piece? A pair of oversized earrings. A nod to #NadiasEarringObsession.
To celebrate the launch of the collection, we asked Hermione to interview Nadia for us. Keep scrolling to read all about their adventures, and what they think of the term ‘influencer’.
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HU: Nadia, tell me about working with brands, collaborating, and being an ambassador for different brands?
NF: That’s the highlight of what I do, being creative with people I respect in business. That was what I enjoyed most about our Atelier Romy collaboration. I trust you and Sabine. Working with you both was easy, and so much more honest. I know I can be completely real. Because I didn’t hold back, and there are no niceties. I feel like it was faster to get to a finished product that we all loved.
HU: So true… And I could harass you because you’re my friend and I love you.
NF: I’m well aware you’ll keep harassing me with future designs.
HU: Glad you’re in the know… Now, Nadia, tell me about your style. I’ve watched it evolve in the past decade.
NF: It’s evolving every day! That’s the best part about fashion. It’s a form of art and allows you to play a different character every day. I don’t think I have a particular style. One day I want to dress like a tennis star from the ‘80s and the next I want to dress up as Cat Woman!
HU: You are crazy.
NF: I know. Herms, tell me what’s next for you?
HU: I fly back to London in a few days… Sabine and I have a Portobello Road pop-up and events before Christmas. It’s really exciting to see the brand evolve and come to life.
NF: And we get to keep working on our next ARxNF designs! Should we shoot the next collection somewhere fabulous?