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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

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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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Najo's trend round-up for SS19

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.

Chanel Ready to Wear

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.

Giambattista Valli

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.




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