The Australian Jewellery Brand You Should Have On Your Radar This Summer

Classic and yet of-the-moment, The Silver Collective is the Australian jewellery brand you should get to know, stat. Lending summer wardrobes a hit of shine, the brand’s collection of super-cool—and surprisingly affordable—minimalist pieces will elevate both your off-duty looks (think denim cut-offs and linen button-up blouses) and after-hours style.

Headed by mother-and-daughter duo Maria and Anastasia Papazoglou, the brand specialises in versatile Sterling Silver jewellery that transcends seasons. A mix of classic elegance and contemporary flourishes, the designs balance timeless style with modern detailing—think of them as heirlooms you’ll want to wear now.

Launching from home under the brand name ICONIC-STYLE in 2015, the label has since been rebranded as The Silver Collective. After two years of online business, the start-up now operates both online and from their year-old Sydney boutique.

The Silver Collective’s wide-ranging jewellery collection includes ultra-fine necklaces and chokers (perfect for layering under beach coverups or metallic party dresses), sculptural earrings and stackable rings. Despite the brand’s love of clean lines and a pared-back aesthetic, each season is crafted with unique personality. One of the brand’s best-sellers—and one of our top picks—the Pella necklace is made from an ancient gold-plated coin. Distinct in shape, it’ll add an insouciant edge to any summer look.


Now you can wear sweatpants to work without anyone finding out, here’s how

Here’s why these new kind of sweats are going to be your best bet for work wear.

Wade Eyerly got an invitation to the New York Stock Exchange, telling him to come dressed in “business professional” garb. He decided to break the rules. The 39-year-old executive put on a pair of stretch fabric pants that look like slacks but feel like yoga wear. “I was, like, ‘This is amazing,’” he said. “I immediately ordered two more pair.”

The pants, sold by athletic-wear label Rhone Apparel Inc., are technically made for commuting. Eyerly, who lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, does a lot of that, given his regular 90-minute trips to Manhattan. The pants are also perfect for flying. “They are just so comfortable,” he said. “They don’t stick to your calf; they aren’t too tight. They look pressed every morning. You could work out in these pants.”

As office environments open up to more casual dress, clothing companies are looking for ways to sell less formal clothing to the working masses. Marketed as “commuter-wear,” brands hope to convince workers that they need clothing specific to the trials of getting to and from work. These new clothes come in all kinds of old forms: blazers, chinos, button-down shirts—you name it—but in fabrics and cuts that can survive Americans’ increasingly long and grueling trips to the office.

It’s also a natural expansion for active wear brands that want a piece of the workweek. While dress codes have eased, employees don’t typically sport lycra bodysuits or compression shirts—at least, not yet. “We see work wear as an opportunity,” said Sun Choe, senior vice president of global merchandising at Lululemon Athletica Inc. Right now, companies such as hers fully own the weekend wardrobe. Now they want the remaining five days, too.

The cubicle may seem an, um, stretch for a company known for yoga wear and leggings, but Lululemon’s research and development labs are working on anti-wrinkle, anti-stink, anti-stain fabrics that can serve the commuter from home to work and back again. Choe points to the ABC pants for men, a colorful abbreviation for their roominess where it counts. Made of something called Warpstreme fabric, the $128 item looks like a regular five-pocket pair of casual pants.

And that’s the key: The fabric is constructed to look like normal woven pants, but it’s actually a knit that allows for more comfort. The back has a zippered pocket to store a phone, too, just in case you’re hopping on a bicycle to get to work.

“It was definitely built with the commuter in mind,” said Choe. “It was very intentional.” Lululemon plans to start selling a version for women in the fall.

Pure athletic clothing developed by such companies as Nike Inc. and Under Armour Inc. isn’t a viable solution for commuters because it’s developed for intense use over short periods of time. A workout T-shirt doesn’t translate well in the office either. Ministry of Supply, a men’s work-wear company that infuses tech in all of its items, is trying to ease commuter stress with gear that can adapt to different environments.

Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Ministry of Supply’s co-founder and president, is focused on managing comfort throughout the day. There’s much more moisture involved when you’re running on a treadmill or kicking around a soccer ball, compared with waiting for a subway train or walking to a car. If you’re on a work trip, you spend hours seated on a plane, but then have to hustle through the airport and still look good when you get to the big meeting.

Amarasiriwardena calls it a “peak demand” problem. “If you use clothing for a very specific moment that’s actually a short period of time, that leads to more discomfort,” he said.

At Ministry of Supply’s lab, a team is working on a jacket that helps create a steady level of temperature and moisture, so commuters don’t have to peel off layers of jackets and scarves when they step into a warmer area.

Researchers gather data through testing on treadmills—because outdoor walking often makes up a quarter of a typical commute—to figure out how the jacket can modulate heat. That means handling temperature regulation, moisture control and movement in what’s called a microclimate—the zone between skin and fabric. If you wear a raincoat in humid weather, your skin feels clammy because that microclimate isn’t being managed appropriately, for example.

Clothing that can help you acclimate to the different environments we travel through every day, while remaining comfortable and office-presentable, is the niche that commuter wear is aiming to fill.

And demand for it is growing. Rhone said its commuter pants, made of a Japanese air-permeable stretch fabric, is the company’s top seller. The company worked on the original pant for a year just to get just the right mix of structure and stretch. It has another version coming out this fall.

“When you’re in commuting situations, you get on the subway—it’s hot down there. The last thing you want is your pants to be retaining heat,” said Nate Checketts, Rhone’s co-founder and chief executive officer.

He admits, however, that comfort—not commuting—is the main reason shoppers gravitate to the pants. “Men in particular crave that comfort,” he said. “If we can give that to them without letting them look like a slouch, I think that’s the real benefit.”


30 Summer Shoes You Can Buy At Shopbop Up to 70% Off

If you’re anything like us, the last few days have been spent frantically planning how you’ll blow your hard-earned money on the many Fourth of July sales looming ahead. And the sales this year are no joke, almost everyone is slashing their prices. We’re the first to admit we’d dedicate a chunk of time to perusing a good ‘ol fashion discount, but even we realize how difficult it is navigate the rough sale waters without missing out on a few true gems.
The secret? It all comes down to narrowing down to a specific sale and dedicating your complete focus to it. Even better — pick a specific categories to peruse at a time. Having a strategic game plan will eliminate the inevitable stress that comes from seeing too many red price tags in a row. In this case, we’re breaking down the best discounted summer shoes that Shopbop has to offer. With a big blue banner claiming “up to 70% off”, now is the time to act.
Whether you’ve been on the lookout for mini wedges in highlighter hues or that one perfect pair of minimalist slides to wear all summer, we wouldn’t advise a dilly-dally approach. Instead, check out our no-shoe-missed guide to Shopbop’s summer sale for a quick and easy shopping experience that’s sure to get you the most bang for your buck.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Sofie Slides, $426.00 $298.20, available at Shopbop.
Tibi Scott City Sandals, $550.00$385.00, available at Shopbop.
Dolce Vita Adalea Slides, $100.00$60.00, available at Shopbop.
Tibi Simon Slingback Pumps, $485.00$291.00, available at Shopbop.
Loeffler Randall Tilly Demi Wedge Slides, $350.00 $182.00, available at Shopbop.
Dolce Vita Kai Block Heel Sandals, $130.00 $91.00, available at Shopbop.
Mother of Pearl Alfie Slides, $450.00$315.00, available at Shopbop.
Loq Franca Pumps, $495.00 $371.25, available at Shopbop.
Coclico Evil Tea Slingback Pumps, $385.00 $269.50, available at Shopbop.
United Nude Terra Sandals, $250.00$175.00, available at Shopbop.
Coclico Ooh La La Block Heel Mules, $350.00 $245.00, available at Shopbop.
Tabitha Simmons Sophia Platform Slides, $495.00 $198.00, available at Shopbop.
Trademark Adrien Tie Slides, $478.00$286.80, available at Shopbop.
Stuart Weitzman Ava City Slides, $365.00 $255.50, available at Shopbop.
Dorateymur Harput Slides, $445.00$311.50, available at Shopbop.
Tibi Hanson City Sandals, $450.00$360.00, available at Shopbop.
Monse Glen Plaid Racing Stripe Mules, $850.00 $510.00, available at Shopbop.
Giuseppe Zanotti Clear Strap Slides, $535.00 $321.00, available at Shopbop.
Reike Nen Pointed Toe Mules, $338.00 $202.80, available at Shopbop.
Ganni Ebba Sneakers, $350.00$326.04, available at Shopbop.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Martina Mesh Slides, $437.00 $305.89, available at Shopbop.
Trademark Taos Slides with Toe Strap, $228.00 $159.60, available at Shopbop.
Rebecca Minkoff Anden Peep Toe Flats, $125.00 $62.50, available at Shopbop.
Parme Marin Flip Thong Sandals, $264.50 $185.15, available at Shopbop.
Senso Bec Slides, $189.00 $132.30, available at Shopbop.
Parme Marin Simple Strap Slides, $276.00 $193.20, available at Shopbop.
Loq Marti Mules, $455.00 $318.50, available at Shopbop.
Tibi Hanson City Sandals, $395.00$316.00, available at Shopbop.
Dear Frances Bare Knot Slides, $375.00 $225.00, available at Shopbop.
The Fix Roxanne Mules, $89.00$53.40, available at Shopbop.

Pharrell Williams Hopes His New Shoes Inspire You

portrait of musician Pharrell

The artist-designer spoke to GQ about his new East Africa–inspired sneaker collection.

There are plenty of reasons to buy a sneaker in 2018. Shoes can make a wardrobe evolve—and if they don’t, you can flip them for twice what you paid. But Pharrell wants to add some more reasons to the list: inspiring positive change and celebrating “unity, equality, humanity, and color,” as he puts it. Heady stuff, but considering a pair of LeBron James’s sneakers is about to go in the Smithsonian, maybe not entirely unthinkable? In past seasons, Pharrell’s Hu collections have taken inspiration from MHA Nation, a small collection of Native American tribes in North Dakota, and the Hindu festival Holi. For this collection, Pharrell looked toward East Africa, “where running is deeply ingrained in the culture,” according to a press release about the collection.

Naturally, then, these are running shoes, saturated with irresistible colors: lemon yellow, cherry red, a pink inspired by a sleeve of Starbursts, an artificially vibrant teal, a shade of purple found on Fanta cans. Words like “EMPOWER,” “INSPIRE,” “MOTHERLAND,” plus the Swahili words “MIELE” (forever) and “MBELE” (forward), run down the upper, written out in a mix of letters and numbers inspired by the bibs professional runners wear. “Professional runners ordinarily start with numbers on their bib and progress to their name,” Pharrell wrote in an e-mail to GQ. “The alphanumeric font is a symbolism of equality and underpins the collection’s ambitions to promote positive change.” The East African inspiration is seen in the shoe’s details: The collar alternates colors much like a beaded bracelet, and the upper is made of a tweaked Primeknit material that’s “reimagined to evoke a naïve, handmade sensibility,” as the press release notes.

image from adidas and pharrell look book

In the past, critics have accused Pharrell’s Hu line of appropriating the cultures it intended to highlight. When Hindus called out the tie-dyed, Holi-inspired collection for packaging their religion to sell shoes, it highlighted the difficulty of Hu’s mission in 2018: The shoes are designed to tell the stories of other cultures—but are these Pharrell’s and Adidas’s stories to tell? Pharrell doesn’t think that’s a problem: “Hu celebrates cultures and their principles,” he says.

“Africa is such a beautiful continent. Of course I am influenced by culture in many of its regions,” Pharrell explains when asked how he landed on East Africa as the inspiration for this new collection. “Historically, you think about seeing Adidas on Marvin Gaye, on Bob Marley. It has had the history of having the support from inspirational people with African descent and being in music, as well as, of course, on athletes, so why would we not keep that going?”

Pharrell Hu collection, Empower shoes

Making a dope sneaker that sells well isn’t enough for Pharrell now. I ask him if Hu’s mission of equality feels especially important, given the counter-programming coming out of the White House these days. “It’s always important to inspire positive change and the greater good, regardless of the political situation,” he says. And although the MHA Nation–inspired collection coincided with the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, Pharrell says that timing isn’t the objective with these collections. “I will always strive to represent the underrepresented,” he says. “I don’t really think this is a matter of timing.”

Pharrell’s clear-eyed point of view comes into play when you dissect trends in the sneaker world, too. Where most designers and brands are helpless to resist the gravitational pull of the chunky-sneaker trend, Pharrell’s stuck with sleek silhouettes like the NMD and Tennis Hu seen in this collection. Are you ever tempted to experiment with what’s trending? “No, never,” he says. “Anything and everything can be inspirational—I’ll be influenced by a conversation with someone, or something I see out of the window while driving down the street.”

Pharrell Hu collection windbreaker

The one trend he’s not giving up on is artists collaborating with sneaker brands, an art form Adidas has perfected this decade. “We work together to help drive a conversation that a sportswear brand wouldn’t ordinarily do by themselves,” Pharrell says.

And Pharrell does use these collections to stretch the kinds of conversations Adidas might be willing to have. While part of this release is inspired by bread-and-butter Adidas stuff—”the peaceful, meditative nature of running,” reads the press release—the East African elements would be difficult for the German-based brand to tackle without Pharrell steering the messaging. He wants the shoes to be inspirational, but he’s happy no matter what side is doing the influencing. “Whether it’s inspiring a kid to not be quiet about what they believe in,” he says, “or encouraging a kid to go out and play tennis, both are a success.”

look book image from Pharrell's Adidas collaboration

Pharrell’s new Hu collection will be available at Adidas shops and online store on August 18.