Rosamund Pike shines for LK Bennett

That very beautiful English Rose, actress Rosamund Pike, has become the face of LK Bennett, and I think she is just the perfect choice. LK Bennett is full of classic, stylish and elegant pieces, and there is no doubt all those words could also be used to describe the actress who has been able to show versatility in a career that has taken her from being a Bond girl (Die another Day), to period drama (a wonderfully romantic Jane Bennett in Joe Wright’s Sense and Sensibility), and the both tragic and comic Helen in one of my favourite films – ‘An Education’.

The new LK Bennett collection is all about versatile and relaxed, working girl separates. There are crisply tailored shirts that are vamped up by being worn with the sexiest leather pencil skirt, pretty floaty summer skirts teamed with silk knit cardigans in a very glamorous, Grace Kelly style, and Chanel style, Matador shaped cardigans and cigarette pants that ooze sophistication and up glamour.

Rosamund says “I think that L.K.Bennett is the perfect brand for the working woman because it gives you that ability to feel dressed and polished without feeling overdone and I think that is the key to making you feel good and giving you confidence. It gives you freedom to play and that’s what makes clothes exciting.”

A match made in Fashion Heaven – the modern Hitchcock Blonde merged with the modern British affordable luxury brand. A perfect start to 2013.

Shop some new in…and a few end of sale bargains

Cancun Leather Peep Toe Shoe Boot £295 click to visit LK Bennett

Gemma Leather Slouch Bag £395 click to visit LK Bennett

Flora Leather Point Toe Court Shoe £250 click to visit LK Bennett

Ava Leather Envelope Clutch £350 click to visit LK Bennett

Letitia Wool Coat NOW £295 click to visit LK Bennett

Adele Long Waterfall Cardigan NOW £110 click to visit LK Bennett

Daphne Merino Wool Cowl Neck Knit NOW £75 click to visit LK Bennett

Calla Suede Knee High Wedge Boot NOW £195 click to visit LK Bennett

 

 

Capsule Wardrobe pieces from LK Bennett

When you approach a new fashion season, it is very easy to be blinded by all the fabulous new pieces that all the stores and websites are festooned with. But there is a train of thought that says that we should actually buy fewer pieces, but be far more careful about what we are actually buying. Gok Wan always seems to get this down to a perfect 26 items.  This is the fabled capsule wardrobe, the specially selected pieces that are supposed to carry you through every occasion, mixing and matching perfectly to create a multitude of outfits, that look different enough that nobody realises you don’t actually own that many items of clothing.

Now, I’m don’t actually have a capsule wardrobe, owning more clothes than it is possible to wear, many of which I actually hate, and never plan on wearing. But I do think the idea is strangely appealing. LK Bennett has this season produced a great range that could help you create the perfect capsule wardrobe, elegant, wearable and very, very stylish.

Here are some of my favourites. Your wardrobe may not need everything you see this season, but these pieces will be indispensable.

THE COURT SHOE

Una Suede Block Heel Shoe £185.00 click to visit LK Bennett

THE CLASSIC TRENCH

Trench Double Breasted Coat £245.00 click to visit LK Bennett

THE PRINT DRESS

Sarah Jersey Fitted Dress £195.00 click to visit LK Bennett

THE SHOULDER BAG

Georgia Leather Tote Bag £450.00 click to visit LK Bennett

THE FLAT SHOE

Ally Suede Bow Front Flat £135.00 click to visit LK Bennett

THE TWEED JACKET

Vally Wool Cropped Fitted Jacket £245.00 click to visit LK Bennett

THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

Charris Silk & Lace Shift Dress £295.00 click to visit LK Bennett

THE PERFECT SHIRT

Gina Crepe Long Sleeve Shirt £145.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

THE CIGARETTE TROUSERS

Nerine Wool Cigarette Trousers £95.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

THE Merino Wool Cardigan

Breen Merino Wool Fitted Cardigan £75.00 click to visit LK Bennett

 

 

 

Duchess Kate proves red coats are not just for Santa

I love a nice red coat, and it seems I’m in good company. Last weekend the Duchess of Cambridge attended a rugby match wearing her lovely LK Bennett. full length red coat, looking both snug and stylish for the outdoor event. This was one outfit you could not blame her for recycling, what could look more warm and festive than a red coat? (Just ask Santa – he’s sure to agree.)

Kate’s red coat look is all over the High Street and internet at the moment, with nearly all the High Street big boys having a red coat in their seasonal collection. And why not? A red coat is a great way to get colour into your wardrobe, with a shade to suit almost every colouring. It looks good with so many different colours, from classic black to cobalt blue and emerald-green, or neutral beige and creams if you prefer. And it never dates, you can buy a red coat now and be sure to still be wearing it in years to come, a perennial fave that you can always turn to. What’s not to love?

Belted Longline Coat £45.00 click to visit Matalan

 

Red Coats – Pick of the bunch

Red Military Funnel Coat Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Classic Long Red Coat £209 click to visit Debenhams

Straight-Cut Double-Breasted Coat, Lined £39 click to visit La Redoute

Derhy Asymmetric Belted Coat, 40% Boiled Wool £41.30 Click to visit La Redoute

VASILIS - Long wrap coat - £289 click to visit Ted Baker

Kling LOUISE - Winter coat - red £50 click to visit Zalando

Vero Moda HALLE - Classic coat - red £80 click to visit Zalando

Red Luxury Italian Wool Blend Reefer Was £65.00 Now £45.00 click to visit BHS

Pea coat £99.99 click to visit Mango