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Splendor in the Grass

Top model Nicole Trunfio has graced the cover of Australian Vogue, appeared in ad campaigns for Karl Lagerfeld and Dolce & Gabbana, and walked the runway for Chanel, Versace, Gucci and Chloé, to name a few. We brought the Aussie stunner to a sunlit Southampton estate to discuss her new jewelry collection, Trunfio Universe, and learned ahout her passion for fashion, riding dirt bikes and exploring the world.

Cotton dress, $2,495, at Prada, 2000 Northern Blvd., Manhasset; Eloisa heels, $740, by Santoni at; cat-eye glasses $360, by Tom Ford at Ilori, NYC; bracelet (her own, worn throughout) by Cartier; bracelet (her own, worn throughout) by Trunfio Universe,

Mint-green and black digital print gown with cut-out back and belted waist, $4,576, at Etro, 1986 Northern Blvd., Manhasset; Slone slit-front suede bootie, $595, by Aquazzura at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC; large bangle, $550, and three extra-large bangles, $700 each, all at Hermès, 1988 Northern Blvd., Manhasset.

Silk, nylon and cotton printed dress, $2,330, calf leather, wool and nylon sandals, $1,220, and calf leather and metal necklace, $740, all at Marni, NYC.

New Red soft washed flannel cashmere dress, $1,370, New Red twill wool cashmere coat, $3,150, and Nero Ayers belt, $670, all at Bottega Veneta, 2112 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. Hurry sandals, $1,775, at Hermès, 1988 Northern Blvd., Manhasset.

Metallic filigree brocade ball skirt, $3,100, and brocade top, $1,150, both by Wes Gordon, available by special order at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC; suede pointed-toe pump, $620, by Gianvito Rossi at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC; cuff and necklace both by Marjana von Berlepsch.


Hair by Robert Mefford at
Jed Root

Makeup by Michelle Coursey for Dior Beauty at BA-Reps

Styling by Véronique Tristram

Special thanks to Drew Innis


What are some campaigns you have shot?
Dolce & Gabbana, Guess, Sonia Rykiel, Lacoste, BCBG Maxazria, Karl Lagerfeld, DKNY, Kenneth Cole, Sisley and Ann Taylor

Favorite designers?
After this shoot I fell in love with Etro all over again, but I also love Givenchy, Alexander Wang and some Australian designers like Dion Lee, Josh Goot and Ellery.

What’s the best thing about being a model?
The travel, meeting new people, new worlds. Meeting and working with designers one-on-one. I will never forget the first time I met Valentino... or Rick Owens, or Karl Lagerfeld. I have some great stories!

How did you get discovered?
In a nutshell, I won a series of modeling competitions after being scouted while visiting my sister in Perth. The competitions led to the Ford Supermodel of the World [contest], where I represented Australia among 54 other countries and won a big contract. I had to move to NYC right away under a demanding contract. Tom Ford and Karl Lagerfeld discovered me and I worked for them right away. The rest is history.

How did you begin designing jewelry?
It was very organic, I have always had a passion for design. My first boyfriend bought me a sewing machine for my birthday, but when I was in the workshop at school I felt more at home. That is where my passion for jewelry first started; now being seasoned in the fashion industry I can use what I know and have learned along the way. I started my company a few years ago now.

Tell us about your new collection.
The collection is fine jewelry consisting of gold, platinum and diamonds focused around the simple but profound structure of the pyramid. I like clean, simple architectural lines and jewelry that is timeless and classic, but has a strong modern relevance. I designed jewelry that I thought would be very empowering to women and give them a voice.

What about your signature Universe bracelet?
The Universe bracelet is kind of a modern-day charm bracelet. It is a solid gold band (also available in platinum and sterling silver and in two sizes) that is locked with a charm that is interchangeable. We currently have 10 different charms you can purchase, including our prized 11-carat pyramid diamond. My favorite is the pave diamond Universe Bracelet with a pave diamond pyramid charm; I also keep a plain gold charm to mix it up.

What are you looking forward to in the next five years?
Becoming more and more spiritual, learning and growing. I also just got the travel bug, I have been traveling since I was 16 for modeling, but now I want to really travel, take some time off and explore the world with a backpack and a camera.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I used to deliver newspapers on my bike for $4 a week. I sound like I was living in the ’50s but this was 2001. We also lived on an estate, so each house was miles apart. I guess I was an eager child with too much energy.

Favorite sports?
Tennis and basketball. I also have a passion for riding dirt bikes; I have been trail riding since I can remember.

Favorite social media platfrom?
Instagram. Follow me @nictrunfio.

Favorite songs on your playlist?
“Disparate Youth” by Santigold; “Twice” by Little Dragon.

What’s the best pickup line?
“Damn baby you a tall glass of water and I’m thirsty!”

Favorite beach?
Bondi Beach, in Sydney, Australia.

Any Aussie advice for your American friends?
Wear sunscreen!