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    Tluxe Blog — jewellery

    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.”

    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.