Boden: The New Icons Collection Is Here

Over the last few years Boden has had a reputation for style based on the best of British. Collections have been represented with campaigns that have included British icons, from red telephone boxes and black cabs, to the landmarks of London life. I still have my London print umbrella from a few seasons away, and totally love the iconic nod to British style, both past and present.

But the latest icons collection couldn’t be farther away from rain swept, windy Britain. Taking it’s inspiration from the colours and designs of the Far East, Boden Icons for Summer 2018 is entitled ‘Wonders of the World’. Boden say of the collection:-

Our ICONS collection returns, drawing
inspiration from the Far East. Traditional printing
methods blend with hand-sourced silks and
stop-in-your-tracks details to create timeless
designs you’ll treasure forever.

The collection features trousers, tunics and dresses, and for me it is the stunning dresses that really stand out. Imagine you were raiding the wardrobe of 1960s icons Talitha Pol, Anita Pallenberg or Verushka, or the Ibiza styles sported by Kate Moss, and you would not be far wrong. The styles combine sumptuous prints tassels, ruffles and blooms, as well as sleeves, proper sleeves that are the godsend of anyone over 35. These dresses are beautiful, grown up and full of style and charm.

Many of the dresses have a strong Japanese influence in terms of their kimono styling. The cool, floaty lines make these perfect Summer holiday pieces, they would not take up a lot of precious room in your suitcase, but would certainly make a real statement when worn, either with strappy sandals in the evening, or with flip flops during the day.

My personal favourites from the collection are the Cornelia Kimono style dress in a stunning shade of jade green, and the Cressida tassel dress which has a real luxurious look..

What do you think of the collection?

Carlota Kimono Dress W0175 £300.00 Click to visit Boden

Allegra  Midi Dress W0171 £250.00 Click to visit Boden

Cressida Tassel Dress W0177
£300.00
Click to visit Boden

Agnes Dress W0174 £250.00
Click to visit Boden

Jemima Ruffle Dress W0180
£250.00 Click to visit Boden

Cornelia Wrap Dress W0176£250.00
Click to visit Boden

To view the whole collection, click here to visit Boden.

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.

LK BennettxPreen

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