Fashion Friday: Latest Collaborations and Limited Editions

This season has seen a whole host of limited collection pieces and designer collaborations that have made the High Street a very exciting place to be.

Last week saw the launch of the collaboration between Kate Middleton’s fave LK Bennett and British designer duo Preen. This collection had already had a preview when it was worn by style maven Olivia Palermo at the recent London fashion week, and it is full of beautiful, timeless pieces that could have a place in your wardrobe forever.

LK Bennett say:

We are delighted to introduce our first ever ready-to-wear collaboration, with internationally celebrated label, Preen. Design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi drew inspiration from the floral watercolours of Scottish artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create this timeless collection of luxury silk dresses, floral print skirts and soft knitwear. Rendered in a rich palette of pinks, purples, reds and blues, you’re sure to fall for this elegant capsule collection.

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Sonic Dark Pink Sequin Dress £550.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Sioux Tulip Print Dress £475.00 Click to visit LK Bennnett

Devoto Dark Pink Silk Dress
£475.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Reed Rose Print Silk Dress
£495.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Syd Floral Print Dress
£325.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

The Vali dress worn by Olivia Palermo is currently out of stock, but I have added a link to it below in case you want to bookmark the page.

Vali Rose Silk Dress
£450.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

This dress is also similar to one worn by Olivia.

Shelly Black Print Dress £250.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Boden Icons Collection

Another new collection launched this week is the much anticipated Boden Icons collection. This limited edition collection is full of pieces that have a folkloric influence, as well as more classic items that will work with what you already have in your wardrobe.

‘This season’s collection was inspired by the lavish dressing of the early 20th century. We’ve injected a sense of romance into every garment to create luxurious, expertly crafted pieces that are destined to be treasured for generations.’

MARIAM BOUTORABI, DESIGN DIRECTOR

Boden Icons – Key picks

Virginia Blouse  £170.00 Click to visit Boden

Lilian Skirt £200.00 Click to visit Boden

Lilian Jacket £300.00 Click to visit Boden

Winifred Midi Dress £280.00 Click to visit Boden

Adele Knee High Boots £250.00 Click to visit Boden

Zooey Blouse £150.00 Click to visit Boden

Primrose Midi Dress £250.00 Click to visit Boden

Hettie Fitted Dress
£250.00 Click to visit Boden

 

Summer In The City Sizzlers From Boden

In my last post I talked about staycations, and all the fun you can have if you are not going abroad this year. But the fact that you are not going away for a holiday does not mean that you can’t put together some very special looks for your Summer in the City. Weekend shopping trips with the girls, al fresco cocktails at your favourite bar, a picnic and some lounging time in the local park, all of this can be a chance to dress up in some of your new favourite pieces, in much the same way as Carrie Bradshaw always dressed up for New York.

Great British brand Boden have another impeccable Summer look book which is full of the sort of pieces that will live in your wardrobe forever, classic British styles that look fresh, crisp and clean. I have been looking through their current collections, and have put together three key looks that will serve you well this Summer, and probably next Summer too. All we need to hope for now is some lovely summer weather.

Weekend Casual – relaxing in the park

Although I’ve just said that Boden is full of classic British looks, this particularly look has its basis firmly in French Breton style. I love a navy stripe and this dress, with its pretty neckline and soft stretch jersey, is top of my current wishlist. I think it would look great with sandals or white plimsolls for a cute casual look. In this instance I have teamed it with the Eleana woven flat for a matchy look, and the mini tassel bag in a gorgeous punchy yellow – big enough to keep your money for an ice cream.


Aurelie Jersey Dress now £35 Click to visit Boden

Eleana Woven Flat £56 Click to visit Boden

Mini Tassel Pouch Bag £56 Click to visit Boden

Cocktails on a Friday Night

Yellow is by far my favourite colour, and the Riviera dress is the perfect dress to wear whilst sipping your Pina Colada.  The gorgeous Octavia caged heels in navy make a lovely alternative to a black stilleto, whilst the stripy Vita clutch is fun and adds interest and pattern to the block colour.

Riviera Dress £88.20 Click to visit Boden

Octavia Heels £135 Click to visit Boden

Vita Clutch £68.60 Click to visit Boden

Shopping trip with the girls

Culottes are a cool option for shopping, and certainly a great alternative for jeans when the days are warm. Add a pretty patterned cotton top and a pair of City appropriate sandals and you will look fresh even as your arms are filled with bargain after bargain as you make the most of those summer sales.

Yolande Top £50 Click to visit Boden

Nancy Culottes £56 – £80 Click to visit Boden


Louisa Sandal £63 Click to visit Boden

Boden Dresses and Coats – Autumn Perfect

My latest Autumn Fashion focus is looking at a British brand that is always seriously stylish. Boden is a must visit destination if you are looking for dresses that will suit your everyday and work wear needs. Each season they create a collection that is both covetable, but totally practical and wearable, and their dresses are always standouts from the collection. Autumn/Winter 2016 is no exception, with a special mention also needed for the beautiful coats that are also highly lust-worthy.

Boden is so clever when it comes to dresses as they seem to understand exactly what women need when it comes to a day dress. These are dresses that we will wear for work, for every day, for lunch dates, for shopping, for the school run, so they need to be warm and practical as well as stylish. We want dresses that have stretch, that have sleeves, but we also want them to look great, and to come in a range of colours so that our wardrobe doesn’t look like one never ending stretch of black. Boden addresses all of this, but adds retro touches that make some of their dresses look like they are beautifully curated pieces from the 1950s and 1960s.

My current faves are the Octavia dress which is simply stunning, and the Barbara Ponte dress which reminds me of a Stella McCartney design that has been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. For the next two days you are also able to get 20% off all dresses, hence the reduced price point I have indicted. With one eye towards Winter and the falling temperatures, I have also added my five favourite coats to the post, with the showstopper being that navy suede beauty.

Do you ever buy from Boden? Do you have a fave dress or coat from the offering below?

Boden Beautiful Day Dresses

Serena Ponte Shift Dress Was £79.50 Now £63.60 Click to visit Boden

Serena Ponte Shift Dress Was £79.50 Now £63.60 Click to visit Boden

 Barbara Ponte Dress Was £89.50 Now £71.60 Click to visit Boden

 Paula Shirt Dress Was £79.50 Now £63.60 Click to visit Boden


Paula Shirt Dress Was £79.50 Now £63.60 Click to visit Boden

 Priscilla Jacquard Dress Was £89.50 Now £71.60 Click to visit Boden


Priscilla Jacquard Dress Was £89.50 Now £71.60 Click to visit Boden

 Melanie Jersey Dress Was £89.50 Now £71.60 Click to visit Boden


Melanie Jersey Dress Was £89.50 Now £71.60 Click to visit Boden

Ursula Dress Was £79.50 Now £63.60 Click to visit Boden

Ursula Dress Was £79.50 Now £63.60 Click to visit Boden

Octavia Dress Was £149.00 Now £119.20 Click to visit Boden

Octavia Dress Was £149.00 Now £119.20 Click to visit Boden

Sixties Jacquard Dress Was £79.50 Now £63.60 Click to visit Boden

Sixties Jacquard Dress Was £79.50 Now £63.60 Click to visit Boden

Martha Dress Was £99.50 Now £79.60 Click to visit Boden

Martha Dress Was £99.50 Now £79.60 Click to visit Boden

Dotty Shift Dress Was £79.50 Now £63.60 Click to visit Boden

Dotty Shift Dress Was £79.50 Now £63.60 Click to visit Boden

And Coats…

 Jennie Coat £189 Click to visit Boden


Jennie Coat £189 Click to visit Boden

Clementine Coat £199 Click to visit Boden

Clementine Coat £199 Click to visit Boden

Suede Trench Coat £299 Click to visit Boden

Suede Trench Coat £399 Click to visit Boden

 Rose Coat £129 Click to visit Boden


Rose Coat £129 Click to visit Boden

 Bridget Bouclé Coat £179 Click to visit Boden


Bridget Bouclé Coat £179 Click to visit Boden