London Fashion Week; Off-catwalk and off plate; LK Bennett at the Marylebone Hotel

I am not a fashion blogger. My wardrobe tends to fall
into two style categories; Tidy & Everything Else. Shoes are only
ever bought for their ability to adventure in, my handbags get a bit
battered commuting and I live by the mantra “everything goes better with
a scarf”. I’m not super keen on photos of myself (ironic I know considering how many hundreds I take) and my only ever attempt at a saucy pout ended up looking seriously fishwifely.

Of late however, I’ve been accused lately of turning more into a girly girl – but the piece de resistance was when I announced to the world that Amanda and I had been invited to the LK Bennett catwalk show. Yup. A catwalk show. Having not painted my nails in months, straightened my hair since my wedding years ago or worn heels in many moons, I had images of a paparazzi surrounded platform, overlooked by stern looking fashionistas in head-to-toe-black and huge sunglasses.


As someone never to turn a new experience down I just couldn’t say no, and as evening fell I donned my favourite LBD (because that’s what one wears, right?) a pretty scarf and diamante flats we tottled off. Unsure of the format, we excitedly entered the beautiful doors of the Marylebone Hotel very, very curious.

Having popped in for the Pantry at 108 to try the Gluten-free afternoon tea a few months ago, we were immediately we were struck by the luxurious designer touches in the foyer and public areas – French cut crystal, dazzling sculptures and opulent fabrics.

Seated with a smile, our tables were groaning with afternoon tea treats (I have always maintained that afternoon tea is best for any meal of the day) and Nyetimber bubbly. Well, you have to toast the beautiful L K Bennett models with something, right?

The lovely Perugia coat and Thyme dress.

Our models eschewed a traditional catwalk, preferring to walk between the tables full of click-happy press. It gave the autumn/winter 2014 preview a lovely intimate feeling; perfectly suited to the beautifully tailored fashion on show.

The Fabina coat and Elle top.

Did I want to buy everything? Yes, as usual. But how do you pick a single one? Luckily, the lovely gluten-free tea was on hand as consolation. I always adore Autumn; the glossy falling leaves, incredible sunsets, crisp mornings and the jewel-tone fashion beginning to appear. I don’t wear a lot of colour, but when I do it needs to be strong and beautiful so I look less like a ghost – the LK Bennett palette is utterly perfect for me; teal, hints of magenta, lemon yellow and vibrant red; crowned with luxury coats.

For a far better photographed post and a view from the other side of the table, I highly recommend Amanda’s beautiful blog Rhyme and Ribbons or Angie’s post on Silver Spoon London of the afternoon show.

Silver glitter and fur-lined crutches – epic.
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