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Trend Report: key looks for SS19

Monday, 19 August 2019 12:09:25 PM Australia/Sydney

Wondering what to wear once the weather warms?

NAJO’s creative team spotted three key looks from both the catwalk and the street style at the international fashion shows for SS19 that we could really get on board with. They just so happen to work in perfectly with pieces from our latest collection, Paloma.


 Look 1: Beige

There’s certainly nothing boring about this incarnation of beige. Neutrals are enlivened via animal prints, or there’s the shameless head-to-toe take on the colour in the form of the must-have boilersuit. A look that was once purely functional is now utterly chic, drawing from its working-class roots in hardwearing materials such as twill, denim and linen.

At Burberry, the natural shade was perhaps unsurprisingly seen in that always-perfect transeasonal coat – the trench – as well as all the clothes made to be worn underneath. Tom Ford also embraced the tonal look but with a flirty and seductive edge through layers of chantilly lace, body-hugging jersey and ruching. 

If head-to-toe beige equals timeless chic and ultimate sophistication, its jewellery equivalent are those clean, minimalist designs that ooze ‘future classics’. Think NAJO’s seamless Divina Bangle, the simple Doble Cuff, the graphic Corsica Stud Earrings, and the peerless Redeem Necklace.

Colour Blast

Look 2: Colour Blast

In complete contrast to our first trend (that’s fashion for you!), add joy to your seasonal wardrobe with vibrant colour and brilliant pattern.

Vivid tartan and patterned patchwork looks were big on the street fashion circuit at the international fashion shows for SS19, and it’s been filtering through the high street ever since.

Colour was positively riotous at MSGM, in blocks and prints and florals and tie-dyes.

If you’re keen to inject colour into your own wardrobe but a little hesitant to invest in the trend-heavy prints, why not start with our Ramona Rose Quartz Earring in 18-carat rose-gold plated sterling silver? Or elevate the plainest white T with the Marine Garden Chalcedony Necklace in either pink or Aqua.

Better yet, bust out your own rainbow across those digits when you stack on the Antonia Ring in Aquamarine and delicate pink Morganite along with the sea-like allure of the Envy Green Amethyst Ring.


ArtisanalLook 3: Artisanal

A heady dose of artisanal embellishment and craftsmanship was seen at Etro for SS19, including patchworked denims layered with elaborate knits, quilted coats and embroidered silks. Intricate, exquisite details abounded, as it does in our showstopping Majestica necklace, matching bracelet and Majestica wide bracelet. The artisanal pinnacle of the Paloma collection, this set, with its rows of reticulated squares, epitomises the premium silversmithing that’s at the heart of the NAJO brand.

The luxurious embroidery and beadwork seen at Etro is reminiscent of the oxidised silver and beadwork in our new Natalia Cuff.

For minimalists, the artisanal trend can be embraced sans embellishment through the exquisite craftsmanship of our Eddy Hoop. It’s a unique and decorative twist on the classic hoop that’s still so subtle and refined.

How will you interpret SS19’s favourite trends? Share with us #najojewellery.


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Trend Report: Key takeaways from MBFWA 2019

Monday, 27 May 2019 11:51:02 AM Australia/Sydney

Australia’s biggest fashion week is all over for another year, but its effects will stretch for months to come. Here are some of the highlights that NAJO designers took home from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2019.


What the guests were wearing

One of the most apparent trends from the Sydney style set in attendance was the matching two-piece suit – something we’ve rarely seen in such abundance since Working Girl. This time around, the suits were both tailored and unstructured. Relaxed and elegant styles counted equally in the style stakes so long as top + bottom were in perfect sync.

Suit and statement Earrings


What was accessorising the runway

Jewellery-wise, there were plenty of statement earrings accenting the resort collections, as seen at Bec + Bridge and Aje. Even the tailored minimalism of Anna Quan’s collection included some large-yet-fine gold hoops and pendants.


What was beautiful

Our favourite beauty trend to emerge from this year’s shows was what Vogue dubbed the ‘elevated knot’, that is, an updated take on the basic top knot. At Bondi Born, the look was particularly intricate, with Renya Xydis conceiving “squiggly” up-dos for the designer swimwear brand. It was also the dominant beauty trend at the Lee Mathews Resort 2020 show.


What trends felt timeless

The equestrian-inspired scarf prints at Jonathan Simkhai felt like future classics, especially paired with oversized hoop earrings, and from the same designer, a couple of modern takes on the tuxedo dress, one wonderfully offset by a large cuff on the wrist.

Statement Cuff

 See more highlights from the week at #MBFWA.



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What’s to come in 2019 – NAJO’s style forecast

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.

Living Coral

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.

Living Coral

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.

Colour on the Runway

Future hair

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.

 Hair Style

Eyes up

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.

Eye Styles


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