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Food and Fashion with LK Bennett at The Marylebone Hotel

I absolutely love writing my lifestyle blog and I enjoy featuring the occasional OOTD but, sadly, I’ll never be a fashion blogger. My usual style is a dress and heels, in winter it’s a dress, black tights and heels… I don’t quite have the eye for layering, mixing prints or experimenting with cool jumpsuits plus I feel a little silly posing for fashion shots. So I’ll leave the fashion blogging to my lovely blogger friends Katie and Laura who always seem effortlessly stylish.
Having said that, I do love fashion and always try to go for a classic look and LK Bennett is a brand that really espouses this concept.
Recently I was invited to view the LK Bennett winter collection in the plush environs of The Marylebone Hotel. The other guests and I swanned around the beautifully feminine hotel admiring the shoes and accessories whilst sipping on Nyetimber sparkling wine and nibbling on seafood canapes.

 

 

 

Elegant heels, flats and ankle boots were all on display, paired with chic handbags. The shoes were gorgeous but, I have to admit that as one of the shortest of all my friends, I’m usually found in a five inch heel…yes, really…With my fingers crossed I purchased some raffle tickets (proceeds to Kid’s Company) just before we went in for afternoon tea. The top prize was a stay at the Marylebone Hotel, which I thought would make a fab staycation for Mr S and I.

Afternoon Tea was served in the hotel’s restaurant, 108 Marylebone Lane, which is classy and contemporary, just like the gorgeous fashion that we were admiring.

We took our seats in the restaurant and a heavenly stack of afternoon tea was laid out before us.

 

 

A delicious stack of sandwiches.

Scones and shoes, what more does a girl need!*
* Joke courtesy of Kelly from Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes, a lady who has great expertise in both footwear and gluten-free teas.

 

The carrot cake and the chocolate slice, filled with passion fruit were confirmed as the favourites but 108 has also been lauded for it’s popular gluten-free, low sugar offering. In the next couple of weeks the restaurant will be undergoing a revamp so watch this space for information on the new menu.
And one of the best things about this event was that it combined two of my loves: food and fashion. As we munched on our tea; the restaurant floor was the catwalk as the models strutted their stuff show casing LK Bennett’s Autumn / Winter Collection.
The models paused at our tables so we could take some pics of their gorgeous outfits. I loved this skirt which features LK Bennet’s signature Aurora print; the gorgeous kaleidoscope of colours mimics the famous natural light display. I was also pleased to see that a knee length pencil skirt looked great on a petite model…so it’s certainly one to add to the Christmas list (Mr Silver…take note!)
This silk belted shirt dress would be gorgeous for workwear and a pair of brightly coloured heels would dress it up for evening.
I love snuggly things for winter and the Meribel shearling gilet looked so strokeable. Rather cleverly the piece is also reversible, the inside being soft sheepskin. The leopard print trousers add real wow-factor and I can just imagine a lady reclining in a beautiful ski lodge wearing this and sipping on mulled wine.
My favourite outfit of the day was again modelled by the petite lady. I loved the print, perfect for the English Rose, fitting as LK Bennet is such a quintessential British brand. I love how the look is so feminine and the model didn’t look swamped in the outfit despite the length of the skirt and the fact that she was wearing flats.
The wool and cashmere mix red jumper was the perfect accompaniment and one that would also work very nicely with a pair of jeans and some over the knee boots…see I can write about fashion 😉
I didn’t get a great picture of this dress but I loved the Mulberry colour and the jewelled straps and waistband so I wanted to include it in this post. Add some glittering heels and a killer clutch and the outfit is perfect for a Christmas party.
There were lots more beautiful outfits but sadly the models moved too quickly for me and I didn’t get many more good pictures but do take a moment to view the new collection online as it contains some gorgeous fluffy coats and beautiful Christmassy dresses.
Sadly I didn’t win a raffle prize but I had a fabulous time at the LK Bennett fashion show at the Marylebone Hotel and though I’m not quite a fashionista yet; I certainly appreciate a good handbag…
Especially when it comes with a matching cake!
What do you think? Could I make it as a fashion blogger?
The Marylebone Hotel
47 Welbeck Street
London
W1G 8DN
0207 4866600