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      Introducing... Ann Lightfoot, jewellery designer

      Hello and happy Monday! Today we thought we’d introduce you to artist and designer Ann Lightfoot, the creative force behind our range of up-cycled silver jewellery. After re-locating from Bondi to the small coastal town of Tathra, south of Sydney, Ann is finding inspiration in the calm of her natural surroundings to create some great accessories.

      The Tluxe range Perpetual Motion is my first jewellery collaboration with a fashion designer like Rebecca Powell. I love her designs and attitude to sustainable production. I also appreciate that her products are made in Australia, which is increasingly rare.

      I’ve always been a maker of things. I studied art in Lismore and went on to major in sculpture and painting at the Canberra School of Art.

      Coming from a visual arts background I’m influenced by abstract impressionism. I also adore Rothko and Anish Kapoor. These days the people I meet drive my art practice and the ideas created from those encounters. I’m also driven by the aesthetic of an object, which is as important to me as its function. 


      The Tluxe jewellery girl is confident and relaxed, a lady who knows who she is. The snake chain and bar necklace (pictured above) is one of my favourite pieces. It’s elegant and modern. I love the way it moves and sits on the body. It’s a piece I will always be happy to make. 

      My inspiration for the Tluxe accessories came from the name Perpetual Motion, and of course the clothes. I’ve incorporated movement and light into the pieces using sterling silver, flowing chains and moving repeated shapes. I’ve also created something solid and still - the leather and solid silver bar necklaces - to contrast against the flowing fabrics. Tess Schofield, the costume designer, used these particular pieces for the opera La Triviata, which was recently performed, live on Sydney harbour. The matadors wore them.

      Xchain and bar earrings
      I try as much as possible to use recycled materials. It just seems to make sense and appeals to my practical sensibility. I feel it’s my responsibility as I am making more stuff for a world that’s already very full. I’m not into mass production and prefer to keep my entire making in-house. 



      The 'one-size fits most' top and dress


      L'Hotel top                    Long chain earrings            Grand dress

       One of the most inspiring things about working with Tluxe is the diversity of our customers. Whether you’re 60 or 20 you all have one thing in common, an inherent sense of your own style. With this in mind, each season we work on creating a dress and top, which look fantastic no matter what your size or age. 

      “A core element to Tluxe is our focus on fluid, lightweight fabrics, which we use to create a capsule range of flexible, one-size fits most pieces,” says our creative director, Becs. “This season it’s about our new colour-blocked L'Hotel top, which works well for day or night with a slim pencil skirt. And our go-to for instant style is the Grand dress. Style it up with the latest flatform shoes or your favourite pair of heels, add a slimline belt and a few of our fab new accessories. I’m loving the long chain earrings in up-cycled silver.

      “Anyone can follow fashion, “ says Becs, “but the essence of Tluxe is about providing the basics to let you express your own sense of individual style.”

      Inspire me... new year, new trends

      The perfect summer hat: Ann Demeulemeester sun hat The perfect sunglasses: Persol Summer 2012 footwear: Simona Vanth

      Welcome 2012! While many of our local readers are still enjoying their summer holidays we’d thought we’d offer a few tips for keeping cool, and of-the-moment whether you’re lazing by the pool or soaking up the sun’s rays by the beach.

      The perfect summer hat:  We say stick with the classics and make it a wide-brimmed Fedora or floppy 70s-inspired sunhat a la Ann Demeulemeester's offering above – or if you appreciate the quality of handmade tradition, take a look at these beautiful Panama numbers, all the way from Ecuador.

      Moving on from the see-it-everywhere Trilby, these handmade Fedoras have a certain chic sensibility in keeping with our very own Tluxe take on relaxed glamour with a Studio 54-style twist. And let’s face it, in the Australian sun a wide-brimmed hat is so much more than just a style investment. It will quite literally, save your skin.

      The perfect sunglasses: Persols. Classic Italian heritage. Steve McQueen. Now in cool coloured frames. Need we say more?

      2012 footwear: The most down-to-earth footwear trend for this summer, and next, is all about mixing a few found objects from your beachcombing with the look of raw leather, hammered metal, and earthy, rough-edged textures. We just love the look of these sandals from young Italian shoe designer, Simona Vanth.



      We love… fashion forward accessories

      Be ahead of the fashion curve this party season and style up your favourite Tluxe dress with a few of those must-have accessories that will continue to be the star of your wardrobe well into next summer.

      If the trend for all things sheer has passed you by, show your fashion smarts with a subtle yet chic nod to the trend by sporting a sheer scarf. Perfect for summer, wear it short, snug and sexy around the neck a la the ladies at Vivienne Westwood (pictured at top) or elegantly long and flowing.

      The slim-line belt is another sure-fire winner for adding some 2012 now to a classic dress, as is the addition of a simple neck bangle - or torque in fashion-speak - which looked super sleek in polished metal on the spring catwalks at Lanvin and Tommy Hilfiger. And for the finishing touch, despite the return of the classic pump as the it-shoe of the party season (alongside the block-heeled sandal) we’re loving the single-sole wedge, a day-to-evening footwear option, which will have your relaxed take on glamour all sewn up.

      Baroque meets disco

      Statement accessories have been a catwalk staple for a few seasons now and are a great way to add a touch of wow to clean, minimalist dressing. Our current love affair is with Bottega Veneta’s new baroque meets disco jewellery, which will look great piled on with the clean lines of a Tluxe maxi dress or our Melissa O jumpsuit.

      If you love the style but not the hefty price tag, nothing beats the joy of trawling a vintage market or auction house. Our personal favourite in Sydney is Mitchell Road Antiques. Keep your eyes peeled for Victorian-inspired pieces, or if you have a little more time, check out an auction, such as the fine jewellery sale at Lawsons, held once a month.