In this second post about the s/s ’13 Boden press day, I am moving on to the stories behind the clothes and the best part – the clothes themselves.
The colour block collection is all about simple shapes in a rainbow of colours from chalky tones to citrus shades with a punch of neon. The colours are to be clashed or toned – as you choose.
There are also bold patterns and prints in the collection which are from the Boden archives, or which are found at vintage fairs, which are scoured by the Boden team.
This rail gives an idea of the colours in the colourblock collection.
There are lots of patent shoes in the collection, so for anyone who likes patent, you won’t be disappointed as you can see here…
..and here with these lovely two tone flats…
…and here. Talk about neon pink! These are gorgeous.
This is an example of one of their prints on the bistro crop trousers, the style of which has been really popular this season. Sarah from Boden was wearing these trousers with a simple pale pink jumper with buttons up the back and high platform peep toe leopard print shoes. The whole outfit looked amazing on her.
Here’s another shot of the rail from a different angle, where it’s possible to see a good old smattering of stripes.
This rail is from the sixties collection which features clean, uncluttered shapes in formica colours. There are also large swirly psychedilic prints in zingy colours. There are beautiful crochet and jacquard dresses and this story features pieces in cream, coral, lemon and mint.
I love these Edie Sedgwick style shoes, which come in a wide array of colours.
They have this cute sixties block heel. After years in the style wilderness, pointed toe flat shoes look refreshingly modern. I definitely have my eye on these!
I loved the style of this dress too. I like its elbow length sleeve and knee length as they make it an easier and more stylish option than so many strappy and revealing styles which are around in the summer.
This is a pretty cream blouse with a peplum detail which appealed to me because it is a floppy peplum, rather than a big, stiff, sticking out “hey look at me” kind of peplum.
Some refreshing polka dots are always nice to see in the summer and this cute peter pan collar, whilst not for everyone, is not as high as some that are around, which makes it more wearable.
And this is one of the psychedelic prints to which I referred. I love it. Actually come to think of it, it reminds me of our bedroom wallpaper (one wall only) – but I like that too, so I don’t see it as a bad thing. I would wear this piece as we have used the wallpaper, in a one wall only kind of way – with everything else really plain.
For those of you who have bought these sixties heels this season, this is the updated version for the summer. They still have a kitten heel but the strap over the foot has been moved slightly so that it is further up the foot.
And again a few more stripes. This lemon and grey colour combination is a nice change from the navy/white combination which we see so much of each season – although they too will feature somewhere no doubt -well I hope they do.
As it’s possible to see from the rail, this collection has a completely different feel about it. It is the texture and shine story and includes textures of all varieties from broderie to woollen yarns with metallics for subtle shine. Fabrics have been shot through with sparkly threads which are usually reserved for evening wear. The idea is to mix those pieces with everyday pieces for luxe daytime looks.
This is a really pretty embellished dress in simple blue/grey navy shades.
With a closer picture of the embellishment, which is so pretty.
These bistro crop trousers (which are the same style as the psychedelic ones above) are just lovely. They have a subtle sparkle weave through them and could be worn for all sorts of occasions depending on whether they were paired with a white shirt, a bright vest, a silk cami or a fine knit and flats.
These are the shoes which again reflect the whole feel of the collection with neutral colours with shine and sparkle.
The fourth collection, which is the spots and stripes is a transitional collection and contains simple shapes and clean lines in cashmere, cotton and merino wool. They pieces are designed to create streamlined silhouettes. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of that particular rail but being the transitional collection, it will be out fairly soon, so it won’t be too long before it’s all revealed.
I hope that you have enjoyed this whizz through what Boden has in store for us next season. Whilst I like to live in the here and now, and don’t think it’s right to wish my life away, I can’t wait until it’s available to buy.
Enjoy the weekend!