First Look: Baukjen High Summer Collection

This April, Baukjen (sister brand to stylish maternity label Isabella Oliver) launches the much anticipated high summer 2014 collection and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the look book. 

The vision for Baukjen has always been about creating perfect day-to-night investment pieces and this season is no exception, combining key trends with classics that stand the test of time such as shirt dresses, pencil skirts, city shorts, maxi dresses, tank tops...the list continues. 

These summer staples have been reworked into cleaner shapes, removing all signs of fuss - with contrasting textures and prints playing a key role - in a refined colour palette of duck egg blue, French navy, shell pink, khaki, and a beautiful soft mint the brand is calling lemongrass. I'm already addicted to this colour after a shopping spree last week - watch out for more this shade flooding the high street soon and more posts to follow. 

This little colour in particular loves the Sardinia shirt dress in lemongrass (see above) and I'd be wearing this soft shirting piece with sandals for a smart yet comfortable work-wear look this summer. Just nip in at the waist with a belt if you need more definition! Another look I'm craving is the Mia Jersey Playsuit thanks to its easy to throw on silhouette - the perfect length of short for both work and play - and chic detailing like the gathered waist and deep front pockets. As you may know sometimes in summer I can get a bit carried away with the whole 'global traveller' trend but the khaki version of the play suit is a nice way to work this safari look, bringing in my much loved tribal accessories, whilst still looking work-appropriate. 

The Ravenna leather skirt in nude pink is another covetable piece for SS14, and will no doubt look fabulous on anyone taller than me! Its other half - the Ravenna leather jacket looks divine when paired with the Malta snake print skirt, a slinky tube skirt ending just after the knee. A final note of praise to the Maya graphic print blazer - a style staple that will work equally well with tailored trousers, distressed jeans or as a holiday cover-up thanks to its azure hues. 

Other key pieces include the Isola Broderie Dress, a soft white cotton v-neck dress with relaxed three-quarter length sleeves, the Bianca waterfall drape cardigan and the Marseille city shorts in a striking Bali Blue or subdued Shell Pink.

The high summer 2014 collection will be available at from the beginning of April. 

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