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Thursday, 10 January 2019 4:07:01 PM Australia/Sydney
Bronzed & beautiful – NAJO’s summer beauty edit
Whether you’re kicking back in Byron or headed to Bali, there’s no doubt that you’re spending your days in swimmers and sarongs, which means your current beauty needs are all about adding colour and glow and keeping it casual yet chic.
Here are 4 ways to get you looking summer-holiday sublime this season.
1. Tan up
Get that bronzed goddess look without the UV rays with the St Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Sculpt and Glow.
Offset your skin’s new-found tan with the bright white beauty of NAJO’s Antonia Choker. Its vibrant amazonite centrepiece in vivid aqua evokes clear tropical seas, an ideal accompaniment to leisurely days at the resort.
2. Add glow
Soothing, beautifully scented and luminescent, NARS Body Glow is simply ‘sun-kissed’ in a bottle.
Accentuate its warmth with our Promenade Necklace, the pretty pink cabochon chalcedony adding a subtle blush to bare shoulders.
3. Face the light
Summer holiday makeup needs only a light touch – so forgo the foundation and opt for the iconic Terracotta Bronzing Powder by Guerlain.
Further illuminate your face with our Shelby Hoop Earring. The amethyst cabochon drop swings gently from a sterling silver hoop, dancing with every move and drawing attention to your profile.
4. Leave an impression
Any French woman will tell you (if she dares) that a big part of the secret to their famed mystique is ‘silage’ – the scent you leave behind in your wake. A quality French fragrance is the best way to ensure you’re leaving the right impression this summer and one of our favourites is Diptyque’s Philosykos. The scent is said to be based on a fig tree on a summer’s day in Greece. Delicious, right?
Our perfect partner is the Lunar Lagoon Ring, a statement cocktail number that draws the eye while channelling a laidback boho vibe. It’s the ideal accessory for those glam cruises on the Mediterranean – or if that’s a stretch, for brunch in Bondi.
Thursday, 16 August 2018 3:16:00 PM Australia/Sydney
Trend spot: Surrealism in Fashion
As one of the 20th century’s most influential art movements, Surrealism was quick to make its mark on 1930s fashion and design.
Drawing on visuals from dreams and the unconscious, Surrealists brought something entirely new to the decorative arts.
Strong, symbolic, iconic motifs, often recurring – just as they do in the dream world.
In the context of Surrealist design, these motifs take on new meanings, however abstract. Consider Salvador Dali’s famous melting pocket watches in The Persistence of Memory (1931).
Undoubtedly the most widely recognised Surrealist artist, Dali frequently collaborated with fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.
This marriage of Surrealism and fashion was immortalised in 1937 when Wallis Simpson, the newly married Duchess of Windsor, shocked in a Schiaparelli-Dali lobster-print gown in Vogue.
By the 1980s, Italian fashion designer Franco Moschino paid homage to Surrealist artist Rene Magritte with Moschino collections featuring witty and irreverent slogans inspired by famous works such as The Treachery of Images, better known by its translated caption: “This is Not A Pipe”.
In his seminal autumn/winter 2000 show, Hussein Chalayan caused a buzz with a living-room setting that transformed into wearable art in front of a transfixed fashion show audience. (If you’ve never seen it, watch this clip, starting at about 4:19, to see the extraordinary transformation in real time.)
Chalayan’s ‘table skirt’ is the epitome of wearable art, not only a showpiece of craftsmanship and design, but of storytelling. Like the Surrealists before him, Chalayan was telling a story through symbolism, this time of the way war forces people to flee with their worldly possessions on their backs.
And just like Surrealism in fashion, NAJO’s new collection, La Isla SS18, uses graphic motifs and repeated geometric shapes to tell a story.
La Isla through a Surrealist’s lens
The tear-shaped pendant of the Daria Silver Necklace might evoke rain or tears of joy, depending on the wearer’s story, while the name of the Halo Necklace offers its own loaded symbolism, perfectly matched to the shape of the Rhoda Ring and the Rally Bracelet.
In the Reba Earring, with its tentatively balancing Amazonite stone, we are reminded of Rene Magritte’s cloudy blue skies. The organic ripples of the Dimple Necklace recall Dali’s melting pocket watches.
And perhaps the most ‘Surrealist’ design in the entire La Isla collection is the Paperclip Earring, a humble office staple elevated to a precious jewel thanks to a new perspective, material and fine craftsmanship. ‘This is not a paperclip’ indeed!
Monday, 6 August 2018 8:51:33 AM Australia/Sydney
New gemstone jewellery: buy better, buy forever
With so much to distract us (Netflix binges, endless Instagram stories, fast fashion), is it any wonder that we’re craving more connection to natural materials, handcrafted objects, the artisan over the mass-produced?
What’s the ultimate antithesis of a 10-second video that disappears in 24 hours?
One answer is a carefully crafted artisan piece of jewellery that lasts forever, comprising precious sterling silver and exquisite stones sourced from the earth.
Choosing to wear forever jewellery is a powerful way to express our values. Values of sustainability. Thoughtfulness. Considered consumerism. The value of choosing a single investment piece instead of 10 inferior/disposable/fast-fashion accessories.
Investment dressing takes confidence, maturity and contemplation. It comes with understanding of your personal style, and a desire to tell a story of yourself that is about more than the latest catwalk trends.
Reconnect to nature, quality & sustainable style
Expressing your personal values with your fashion choices can be both fulfilling and powerful. Choosing to wear (or gift) jewellery from a brand like NAJO means supporting local/independent Australian industry, buying less but buying better, and opting for genuine stones and high-quality sterling silver that will stand the test of time.
These are heirloom pieces to be enjoyed through the generations.
The real deal rocks
Choose gemstones that speak to your personal style story and reconnect you to nature’s unmatched beauty. Make your choice based on a favourite colour, or your birthstone. The celestial creaminess of moonstone is given an updated warmth with a frame of yellow gold in our new two-tone Antonia Earring and matching Antonia Ring.
Those who love soft and feminine pinks and lavenders will adore the pastel perfection of our Amazonia Teardrop Earring in rose quartz or blue lace agate. Rose quartz is also considered the stone of love, said to promote a romantic energy and heal matters of the heart.
Amethyst, meanwhile, February’s birthstone, brings its unmistakable lilac beauty to NAJO’s new Shelby Hoop Earrings, with their delicate dancing design.
If you prefer the look of faceted gemstones to cabochon, the sparkling blue topaz of our Circa Ring evokes crystal summer waters and clean, modernist design.