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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.
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!