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Monday, 4 March 2019 10:21:38 AM Australia/Sydney
If we could predict the future, well… we probably wouldn’t be here talking about it.
Nobody can be certain what the Next Big Thing will be for fashion and design, but as all trend forecasters know, it pays to pay attention to the clues and ride the wave of the zeitgeist.
As a design house, NAJO is always tracking the trends and here are a few of our favourite clues to what 2019 will look like, style-wise.
Pantone®’s colour of the year always gets a lot of attention in the media and the catalyst for new homeware trends and style edits.
This year’s colour, Living Coral, is “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge” says Pantone®.
Beyond the literal interpretation of the colour, what are the clues we can take from this as designers?
Warmth. A humanising energy. Liveliness. Nature & nurture. Playfulness.
Colour on the run
Speaking of playfulness in colour terms, the Resort 2019 runway shows proved there’s likely to be plenty of fun times ahead. WWD reported a few key trends including saturated colours, mixed florals, shimmery metallics and colourful graphic stripes.
The clue here? Go bold or go home.
Also emerging from the Resort 2019 shows were the forthcoming season’s dominant beauty trends. According to Vogue, the head scarf – à la Jackie Onassis – will be prominent, which no doubt means the requisite oversized shades and statement earrings alongside.
Channel the little girl inside with upscale hair ribbons, clips and headbands set to be huge for grown-ups, albeit sophisticated/refined versions.
Plus, the recent passing of Chanel’s iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld has inspired a slew of tribute ponytails – which are ideally matched to a luxe velvet or silk ribbon.
When it comes to beauty, expect to see dramatic interpretations of the cat eye such as was seen at Erdem AW19 and in stylised outline form at Asai. At Halpern, this outline was filled with a burst of colour and finished in metallic leaf, a head-turner to suit the new collection’s glittering disco feel.
Key takeaway from this trend? Clear, fresh skin and minimal coverage elsewhere – this season, the eyes have it.
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 3:41:44 PM Australia/Sydney
Fashion first: what to wear this season & beyond
We might be a jewellery brand but it’s no secret that we keep a close eye on the runway here at NAJO HQ.
Our favourite European designers brought a tailored romance to Spring/Summer 19, and we’re already seeing the effect trickle through into everything from fast fashion to, yes, jewellery and accessories.
Impeccable cuts, crisp silhouettes and sharp shapes in flawless shades of white and shimmering metallics were overriding themes at the SS19 shows.
At Balmain, sculpture was a key inspiration, with garments at once dramatic and minimalist in pure white offset by gleaming silver. Futuristic, fluid and a clever play in contrasts, especially when paired with distressed denim and laddered knitwear.
Our key takeaway from the Balmain show? White, denim and silver is a trio with plenty of traction.
For SS19 at Chanel Ready-to-Wear, Lagerfeld took the iconic tweed into sunny new realms thanks to vibrant gelati hues and an oversized profile. Ladylike with a retro edge, this is everything we love about Chanel with a heady dose of fun-in-the-sun.
Key takeaway from Chanel this season? Karl loves a chunky bangle stack (both wrists, if you please) and so do we.
Sharp shoulders pervaded many of the designers this season, but none were more cutting than the ones seen at Balenciaga, in everything from pinstripe to leather and velour. Patterns were graphic and busy, with prints of overlaid text and sparkly Eiffel Towers creating magic out of kitsch.
Key takeaways? If you’re going to go for print and pattern this season, don’t hold back – make it top to toe.
Tailored perfection was the order of the day at Giambattista Valli Ready-to-Wear, with plenty of embellishment to add glamour and interest.
Fringing, flounces, animal print and lace brought the femininity with a nod to the 1970s, for an elegant and luxurious collection that was eminently wearable.
Key takeaway? Exquisite quality always wins out. It might not be a new idea, but it’s an eternal truth, both in the world of fashion and beyond.
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.