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MAJ Brings You The Latest Costume Jewellery Fashion Trends

Wherever fashion goes, jewellery follows. Which is why MAJ offers customers an informed, regularly-updated visual overview of current fashion trends and costume jewellery to match. It's called Get the Look and if you're at all interested in fashion - and what woman with a pulse isn't! - it shows you immediately what's hot and what's not! Rock on!

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Dark Flower Power
Bag Lady Chic
Wardrobe Whiteout
High Voltage Glamour
Autumn Goes Ladylike
Black Attack
Into Flora
True Blue
Purple Reign
Check out the Checks!
Tartan Army!
Great Coats!
Layer Player!
Top Hats!
Dapper Flapper!
GET THE LOOK
The Latest Cover up!

A new coat is one of this season's major investments. Happily, the Autumn/Winter versions come every which way - and loose! Everything from big and billowing, to exquisitely tailored, Tartan Army, sporty bomber and grungy parkha. Watch our for the sleeveless numbers from Victoria Beckham and big rounded shoulders! And to perk up your cover up, loads of big, bold brilliantly dazzling brooches and rings!


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Get the Look - Black Beauties!

With gothic glamour flooding the runways and High Streets and a major unseasonal return to the Little Black Dress, the chicest way to add the finishing touch to this year's dramatic silhouettes is with ankle boots - preferably with cutouts - and a dark, decorative ring or creepy companion in the form of a Swarovski crystal brooch. Canít help with the boots, Iím afraid, but we can help with the rings and brooches. Time to be a drama queen!



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Get the Look - Wrap Up Warm In Wool

We're in Wool Week this week. And right on cue, temperatures are set to plummet, making the need for this uniquely warm and natural fabric a necessity as well as a hot property on the runways. The annual celebration of the on-going Campaign for Wool initiative patronised by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attracts the support of the creme de la creme of the fashion industry. Vienne Westwood who uses traditional Scottish mills to spin her famous highland tartans explains, "Wool is one of the world's great natural fibres, famous for its versatility and comfort - warm in winter, cool in summer." Missoni is also an avid fan. Famed for zig-zag signature weaves, this year saw the designer experimenting with swirling patterns in mohair and cashmere yarns, whilst Margaret Howell's Fair Isle knits positively romped down the runways teamed with woollen pressed trousers and felt pom-pom berets. At Nicole Farhi, wool skirts were paired with smooth charcoal blazers and Topshop's woollen cross motif jumper has already been spotted on everyone from Alexa Chung to Daisy Lowe. As for Stella McCartney, she breathed new life to the classic twinset by creating it in punchy bold saturated colours, with bare legs adding oodles of shameless sex appeal. And when it comes to talking twin sets, then there's an obvious jewellery choice. Pearls! Pearls! And yet more pearls! That's necklaces, bracelets, brooches and rings!



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Get The Oscar Look!

THE Oscars is the biggest date of Hollywoodís year. The night when the world's biggest stars step out in the most beautiful designer gowns, with necks, wrists and ears laden with jewellery worth a second mortgage. This year a spectrum of nude shades dominated the red carpet, with red, black and blue also in evidence. Jewellery was kept to a minimum, with bracelets Ė often worn one on either wrist Ė and earrings taking pride of place. Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie, chose big bold danglers, very similar to our Crystal Ice and Swarovski crystal Moulin Rouge earrings, whereas Sandra Bullock chose earrings like our aptly named Swarovski crystal Red Carpet Queen and Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong'o opted for studs and a sparkling headband.


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Blooming Marvelous!

If there was one trend that stood out in the Spring/Summer 2014 Collections, it was flowers! 60s-style daisies, poppies, roses burst into 3D life via embroidery, embellishment and brooches. As well flowers on your clothes they were on bags, shoes, hair accessories and even sunglasses. Indeed, as Jessica Bumpus, Fashion Features editor of Vogue online said, "Flowers grew everywhere throughout the collections, becoming the ultimate badge of spring/summer femininity. Luckily, this is one look that you can achieve instantly by adding necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches in bold or pastel matching and contrasting colours.


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Dark Flower Power

Normally florals are a springtime favourite, but this year the seasonís extended. This year designers have given florals a dark romantic glamour as luxurious blooms in every shape, form and texture have been scattered over blackened silks and chiffons. Flowers in vibrant red, purple, orange and black feature large on high-necked dresses, jackets and coats.While sober length skirts, stained lips, smoky eyes and long, tousled hair create a beautifully melancholic mood for dark winter romance. With prints taking centre stage, jewellery needs to be minimal, with big brooches and rings adding a flash of inspiration.


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Bag Lady Chic!

Monochrome gives way to a new style of tartan as designers mimic colour-drenched laundry bag squares and bright blanket weaves. It's a witty, modern, utterly charming new look that breathes new life into traditional tartan. Time to be bold and wear checks with checks creating the top to toe look favoured by Dolce & Gabbana and Tommy Hilfiger. Alternatively, go for a tartan coat or jacket to echo the more subtle looks of Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton. Either way time to up-the-anti with statement necklaces, bracelets and big, bold rings. Courtesy of MAJ.


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A Wardrobe Whiteout!

Weíve already drawn your attention to the fact that black is back with a vengeance this Spring/Summer. Well, white, at the opposite end of the spectrum, is also destined to be a major force in the fashion stakes. But what sort of white you choose demands a great deal of consideration. For example, will you be romanced by the lace, broderie anglaise and whispery white transparent layers favoured by designers such as Valentino, Rocha and Stella McCartney? Or will you opt for clothes in sensual satin, as influenced by Pradaís Collections? Or perhaps youíll go for cool crisp cottons as seen on the runways of Chloe and Balenciaga? Whichever designer influences your High Street choices, white outfits present a blank canvas for you to update and personalise with everything from black, gold and Swarovski crystal jewellery, to punchy bright accessories in primary colours or pastels.


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High Voltage Glamour!

The Spring Summer emphasis on shine brought magic to the runways as once the light hit the garment, one colour became many and the gauzy fabrics floated about each modelís body like veritable mystical glow. Yes, itís time for glitter, gleam and gloss. Thatís lustrous foils, metalic prints, iridescent fabrics and holographic finishes. All made up into clean lines and classic shapes that let the shiniest of fabrics speak for themselves. Time to let jewellery shine, too. Try a big, bold handband and brooches, brooches, brooches!


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Autumn Goes Ladylike!

From Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren to Victoria Beckam, the new look for the Autumn/ Winter season is a longer, ladylike, midi length that echoes the retro-glamour and ladylike looks of the 1950s. It’s an easy wearable, elegant style of dressing that pairs pencil skirts with fitted tops. Fifties flared skirts with petticoats and cinched in waists. Fresh, flirty box pleat skirts with sweaters and boots. And flats with jeans and a jumper. Jewellery takes on the retro-glamour look and feel, with statement necklaces and big bold bracelets, rings and brooches.


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Autumn Goes Ladylike!

For years, Summer colours have traditionally been pastels and white. But darkness has fallen this season, shifting the palette to soft black. It’s bold. It’s unusual and it involves simple cuts and a whole new way of looking at the colour. On the runways we saw billowing layers and complex textures as sheer and opaque fabrics were combined to tease and excite. Stella McCartney added delicate broderie anglaise to create a sinister twist, while at Dolce & Gabbana dresses were all adorned with delicate daisies. For braver dressers, Versace dared wearers to bare their bodies via sheer lace panels and several designers opted for high splits in skirts and plunging necklines. The monochrome palette is a gift to jewellery as it allows the wearer to create completely different looks through the introduction of colour, shape and texture. Big, bold and colourful is the order of the day.


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Into Flora!

If there was one trend that stood out in the Spring/Summer 2013 Collections, it was flowers! 60s-style daisies, poppies, roses burst into 3D life via embroidery, embellishment and brooches. As well flowers on your clothes they were on bags, shoes, hair accessories and even sunglasses. Indeed, as Jessica Bumpus, Fashion Features editor of Vogue online said, "Flowers grew everywhere throughout the collections, becoming the ultimate badge of spring/summer femininity. Luckily, this is one look that you can achieve instantly by adding necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches in bold or pastel matching and contrasting colours.


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True Blue!

When the autumn rolls out, the ocean of azure blue that consistently epitomises Summer, will give way to the strong, primary, vibrant blue hue that is Cobalt. Test the look by wearing textured tops, sculptured trousers, tailored jackets and long flowing dresses. And be aware that the oversized coat is the new coat shape to covet. As for jewellery, it's just got to be gold, gold and more gold. In necklaces, bangles, earrings and big bold brooches.


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Purple Reign!

THE colour of Autumn takes its cue from vintage wine cellars. Empirical, regal, passionate and luxurious, purple and shades of claret, grape, burgundy reign supreme as the season's colour palette. The focus is on velvet, shine and plenty of applique, or purple tone on tone. The trend is to wear it head to toe - amethyst eyes to violet boots and shoes. Historically, a colour reserved for the rich and royal, come Autumn it will be worn by everyone. In terms of jewellery, big, bold and gold is the order of the day!


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Check out the Checks!

The keywords for Spring 2013 are simplicity and structure. So expect to see a new purity in pattern as bold, graphic checks come to the fore in every colour from flamboyant citrine yellow to dramatic black and white. And if checks tick your box in a big way, why not take a tip from the designers, double the impact of the look by mixing and matching two sizes of check, or pairing similar checks in contrasting colours. If you want to take this look into evening wear, watch out for sheer organzas decorated with plaids or beaded blocks. Jewellery should be kept to a minimum, but brooches and big rings add an extra dimension to the look.


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Tartan Army!

The last time Tartan was this big, The Bay City Rollers were strutting their stuff. This time it's a far more sophisticated trend as tartan, hound's tooth and Prince of Wales checks outdo denim as the new key fabric to be seen in. Designers were divided in their approaches, Burberry went for a Retro Sixties look topped with flat caps, whilst others adopted the glamour and attitude of the early 80s. And if you're not keen on head-to-toe Tartan or checks, just opt for an over-size Tartan or check scarf. As for jewellery, keep it mean, moody and black, heavy metal or pearl and lift coats and jackets with oversize brooches.


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Great Coats!

To keep warm for this Winter, designers' Collections featured floor-grazing great coats that fell into two camps. On the runways, Armani, Hermes and Michael Kors showed a preference for lean, tailored styles creating city-smart drama. Whilst Maxmara, Gaultier and Chloe offered softer dressing-gown cuts, ponchos, capes and cardi-coats, designed to encourage layering. There was also a strong presence of blanket style coats in a patchwork of colours, some with fringed edges for an even more relaxed, Bohemian look. Wear with big, bold brooches, ropes of pearls or crystal and the season's latest mega-size rings.


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Layer Player! Mekong Necklace

As far as this trend is concerned, the thinking is this. Why wear one luxe fabric layer, when lots of lavish layers look so much more spectacular! This key look relies on pairing skirts or tunics with slimline trousers or leggings. To streamline the look, cinch your waist and keep the line long by adding heels, wedges or autumn' s new favourite flat-form creepers. Layer jewellery, too, using chains and longer line crosses, necklaces, pearls. Keep earrings long and add big, bold brooches.


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Top Hats!

The top tip for Winter is a hat. The Autumn/Winter catwalks were awash with them. In fact, there was every style, shape and size from beanies and berets, cloches and caps, trilbies and trapper hats. Particularly noticeable were hats that echoed fashion's mood for nostalgia. Uber-glamorous, wide-brimmed, 1970s style fedoras, chin-strapped pillbox caps inspired by the 1940s and lots of 1960s-style berets. For high drama after high noon, low-hanging black sheriff hats sat way below eye line and there was more than a liberal sprinkling of pure vamp as models sported ornate feathered fascinators and sequin-covered berets complete with demure eye veils. Arguably the easiest way to work the hat trend into an everyday wardrobe is to opt for a knitted beanie, which balances practicality with winter chic. And you can always make any hat your own, by adding a glittering diamante brooch.


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Dapper Flapper!

The Great Gatsby film may not be out until December, but that didn't stop the world's top designers from showcasing the famous Deco style and elegant Twenties silhouettes several months early. Indeed, the runways were positiviely awash with flirty drop-waist dresses for the daytime hours and lavish gowns with tassels, heavy beading and a mist of ostrich feathers to take one through to the wee small hours.Time to invest in a Cloche Hat, silky separates with watercolour florals and a glossy, glamorous flapper dress. And for the finishing touch, add a long, lean crystal rope or pearls - and a shimmering brooch to your cloche or headband.


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