Melbourne-based brand Nicholas has just launched its sister brand, n/nicholas. Having already built a reputation for feminine, cocktail-ready, pieces in the mainline, n/nicholas is a youthful, more-relaxed addition.

The first season takes inspiration from girls in downtown New York. “I've been spending a lot of time in NYC and I wanted to encapsulate that enigma of the downtown girl, the girl who draws her style inspiration each day from the buzz of the city,” says creative director, Ben Pollitt. Standout summer pieces include the loosely ruffled off-the-shoulder tops and twin sets. Washed cottons, soft jerseys and crisp cotton shirting make up the bulk of the collection. It’s a laid-back version of sexy that feels very now, especially when paired with casual sneakers.

“The second line is designed so it can be worn with Nicholas, so they really do complement each other,” says Pollitt. “I wanted a range that looked effortless and contemporary, with pieces that can be worn from day to night.”