Friday, 14 January 2011

Limited Edition




Should being spotted in Cornwall this summer in the same printed Boden tunic top as every other London mum be a sartorial concern, worry not. The brand's new and exclusive, Limited Edition collection is available from 11 February 2011. This is a premium line with a 'quieter colour palette,' a focus on luxurious fabrics and a panic-in-the-heart-of-Fulham-inducing slogan, 'Once it's gone, it's gone for good.'

The silk tunic top and printed silk dress are both £95, and the knitted sequin jacket below comes in at £250 - and to give you an idea of quantities, there are only 300 sparkly pieces in existence.

Now, some may think that going upmarket is just another attention-grabbing story designed to gain extra press coverage and if they're lucky, appeal to royal-bride-to-be and potential MObama-style, money-spinner, Kate Middleton. But M&S have a Limited Collection and Hobbs have a Limited Edition range, so what's wrong with 'Posh Boden?'

And now for an admission. I like Johnnie Boden. One of my really good friends worked at Boden back in the early days (when there were only five people in the office, including the boss and his wife) and I've always found him to be charming and friendly. He once told me that his style icon is David Niven and his hero is Paul Smith, and frankly say what you will about the overtly middle-class, Boden lifestyle but you can't fault a charming man with discerning taste.

Anyhow, I'm not really a Boden-wearer myself, I have a black jersey maxi dress that I take on holiday every year and I quite like the kid's clothes (on other people's kids, I don't have my own) but that's about it. So, people it's over to you. What do you think of Posh Boden?

25 comments:

LPC said...

I love the print on the tunic. Being American, I don't have the finely tuned sense of Boden's class markers, but from a garment perspective along, this stuff is certainly not offensive in any way:).

materfamilias said...

I love both prints, and although fit would be the test, these both look like eminently wearable pieces -- I find a simple sheath/shift like this dress so versatile and always have an eye out for one.

Lilacs In May said...

I love that top. Not keen on the macs with different coloured buttons type Boden, that marks you out as belonging to tribe Boden, but the odd piece is good. I used to live in Switzerland where it (was) hard to buy decent clothes, unless they were top end so resorted to mail order. Johnnie Boden's comments in the early catalogues always made me smile.

Diana Mieczan said...

I really like both pieces..The top has an amazing print and I love the shape of that dress:) Kisses, my dear and wish you a relaxing weekend
Hugs and kisses

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear-great pieces, but quite dear-if I was spending £350, I would go designer. The sequin jacket is nice though. x

MyStyle said...

Hi there-my mistake, the jacket is £250, but I would still be reluctant to spend that amount.

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Looking Fab in your forties said...

I recieved the new season catologue today and there are some great pieces for this seasons bright and colour blocking trend. I feel a post coming on!
Quite like the look of the posh range especially the sequin cardigan.

Fashionistable said...

Loving the cardy in the final shot. Have a great weekend. Xxxx

Victoria said...

I like the top and the cardigan, I have a few shirts with great prints and as I live in NL I never bump into anyone else wearing them. I'll pop over and have a browse at the new collection this evening. Happy weekend.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

I've never bought anything but I love the print on the first top and the sequin jacket is lovely too. I shall check them out. Not that I need anything!! Have a great weekend xx

Terri said...

Hmm. Dress #2 is quite lovely and I like the muted colors. Like the sweater too, but would not wear such a thing. Not sure about the marketing approach.

Sensible Footwear said...

I like the top and the jacket's pretty.

Not so fond of Boden's hotch-potch skirt look they do.

It'll be interesting to see the rest of the range.

Veshoevius said...

Not really me but I do like their prints.
"panic-in-the-heart-of-Fulham-inducing slogan" tee hee!

GoldenGirl said...

I like Boden, although not everything they do. I only tend to buy a couple of things from them each season, their skirts last forever, and I do like their dresses for work. I abandon suits in the summer and always have a couple of their dresses to take their place. I've been wearing one of their velvet coats all winter too

Ellen Arnison said...

The Boden sale is my guilty secret. There's usually stuff left that doesn't look like Boden. That's a bit perverse, isn't it?

PS There was a child named Boden in Scotland last year.

Tiffany said...

I love the top and the jacket ...

Semi Expat said...

Hmmm interesting idea by Boden and I expect it will work well. I do own a few items by Boden - the cropped black cashmere cardigan and a VERY ancient (think it was their first catalogue) tartan dressing gown (Men's line) which I still love. But I have never bought anything that is a print or that can be recognised at 50 paces by someone wearing the same thing! Used to dress Daughter in mini Boden when she was at the dressable age! X

Tricia said...

Agree with you Ellen - I go to the Orla Kiely warehouse sales for exactly the same reason. The Boden tunic is lovely - but I prefer quality of Orla Kiely.

Vintage Vixen said...

I did think they were from the Marks and Spencer's range which I love for it's vibrant and quite daring (for M&S) choice of colour.
They are lovely. I always get a catalogue, no idea why as I've never bought anything from them but the kid's stuff is very cute. xxx

Anne @ The Frump Factor said...

Love the first top -- I love prints but am very cautious with them as many are too overwhelming. But that one looks SO wearable.

I'm also not sure how I feel about this "manufactured scarcity" marketing approach. But I like the idea of originality, so.... ok.

Blighty said...

i like Boden, a lot. The kid's clothes are v good quality, they do those great stripey long shorts Boys 1 and 2 have been wearing them for years! I gave you a Stylish Bloggger Award, please check over at my blog for details! xx

Northern Snippet said...

I have bought items from Boden for work as they are quite good quality,mainly because of time constraints I shop on line.I think you hit the nail on the head,I ALWAYS buy plain things not the patterned stuff which is so instantly recognisable.Especially the spots...
SO no I probably wouldn't buy the limited collection.

coz said...

I do like the tunic & the cardi, & I do buy Boden. However, I don't stand a chance of getting any of this collection, as I dither so much these days that things are usually sold out by the time I get around to ordering! As a rule, I mostly buy plains, as prints don't usually suit me, but one of my favourite dresses ever is a Boden print mock wrap.

coz said...

I do like the tunic & the cardi, & I do buy Boden. However, I don't stand a chance of getting any of this collection, as I dither so much these days that things are usually sold out by the time I get around to ordering! As a rule, I mostly buy plains, as prints don't usually suit me, but one of my favourite dresses ever is a Boden print mock wrap.