Last week I attended an L.K.Bennett fashion show at the Marylebone hotel and was surprised that instead of just looking at bags and shoes, my eye was drawn to their clothes collection as well.
Marylebone hotel already offers personalised shopping experience for its customers at L.K.Bennett’s Marylebone store and on this occasion the fashion show was not just a showcase of current Autumn/Winter 2013 collection but offered a sneak preview of the Spring/Summer 2014 pieces (we are definitely in for a treat collection that will take us from daily routine to attending summer important calendar events effortlessly), as well as raffle, fundraising for an inner city school St. Vincent’s, which has a playground on its roof that needs some greenery to make it truly look and feel like a natural oasis for the children during their break-times.
L.K. Bennett presents interesting colour combinations, prints and a touch of British character at the heart of each of its collections and this one was no exception. If anything, it showcased British style quyrkiness and did it fashionable justice.
We saw the looks from the capsule Black Ribbon Collection (stocked exclusively at only 14 of the L.K. Bennett stores), which combines refined luxury with chic elements, exclusive prints and contemporary edge craftmanship. Current Autumn/Winter collection was inspired by 40s Film Noir and was created using Italian fabrics and luxurious yet sleek leathers.
Looks presented stylishly mixed a sparkly coat with high gold heels and an off-the-shoulder dress, cream mohair sweater with the patterned skirt
or a sleeveless cream top with the leather skirt slashed to the thigh. Another look that made quite an impact, judging by the audience’s reaction, was a cream tuxedo suit with the black edging detailing. You could definitely see references to the British esthetic but at the same time there were looks that clearly combined the youthful element with a British sense of humour.
I loved ponyskin boots as well as different texture shoe combination, combining leather with suede. Stylists paired a black classic suit with fuchsia high heels or a black silk dress with marabou feathers with a silvery bronze coat and golden heels.
Dresses on the catwalk showcased not just the sleek tailoring and cuts to the form but also beautiful and flattering draping effects. One of the noteworthy dresses had a large, Japanese kimono style bow tied creatively at the back, making the model look very refined.
For the office festivities you can choose black cigarette pants and pair them with a fluorescent pink blouse and glittery heels or a black flowing dress with wave-skirt detailing and a wrap. Personally I loved the marriage of a sheer top with leather zipped leggings and bright suede courts.
If you are looking for ways to combine doing a school run and freelance work then the look below, pairing a beautiful textured dress with a bright red tote and patent navy heels would definitely make you feel smartly put together without being over the top.
Before signing off I would like to leave you with my observation that I now truly understand why some models are more in demand than others. I won’t tell you which of the models, but one in particular stood out. It wasn’t just her figure but the way that she carried herself and presented the looks that really made you want to dash to the shop later and buy the whole outfit that she was wearing. Beautiful clothes and accessories are wonderful but it’s the person who wears them that makes a true impact. Don’t forget that and enjoy the clothes that you buy for yourself, it’s all about you presenting your true, fashionable colours. L.K.Bennett collection will certainly offer you plenty of ideas to play with.
p.s Thank you Marylebone Hotel for being welcoming hosts & for the fashion show pictures, L.K.Bennett for the enticing fashion show looks and Relish Content for the invitation to the show.