StyleOnTheCouch Loves: L.K. Bennett by Caroline Issa

This week in London has been a busy one!  One of the highlights was a preview of the new SS13 collection of clothing and footwear from British brand L.K. Bennett and their exciting collaborating with Caroline Issa, fashion director of Tank Magazine.  A capsule collection of shoes and bags inspired by Caroline’s trips to Thailand, hot neon colours with embroidery, oriental flowers and pom poms (see image below, top left) make for a delightful spring in your step come summer.  The shoes in particular are very much in keeping with Issa’s personal style aesthetic – Issa was born to in Montreal to a Chinese mother and a half-Lebanese, half-Iranian father and is very much a multi-cultural beauty.

The capsule collection of shoes – including shoe boots, ankle-strap stilettos and kitten heels – and two handbags styles, will be launched in February next year.

Below: spring summer 13 clothing from LK Bennett:

The L.K. Bennett team sure know how to put on a great launch event and the preview evening involved copious amounts of champagne, tasty nibbles and lots of education from their team of designers who were on hand to answer questions (I learned that the creation of a perfect court shoe is quite a meticulous process at the brand!)

I walked away from the event with a lovely gift of the Emmaline shoulder bag, seen here in light rose shade.  The smaller sister of the brand’s signature bag Emma, Emmaline is a classic bag in a simple shape with flap-over front and some lovely double strap detailing.  The perfect tote for my morning out in Notting Hill when I took these photos, it is available in black, grey, tan and pink from the L.K. Bennett website.

Image above: the new spring summer collection – far left, the Flora heel which captured the attention of myself and fellow blogger Anna of South Molton St Style, who immediately wish-listed the shoe.  Costing 185 GBP, Flora will be available in January.

Below: the Emmaline:

Many thanks to L.K. Bennett for a wonderful evening and to Anna for these pictures.  Watch out for L.K. Bennett by Caroline Issa early next year.

Wearing: Carvela Kurt Geiger ‘Stop’ heels; Timo Weiland skirt, Topshop top and Emmaline bag.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Mi Asunta

Sara Brancato and Nick Kapros are the team behind the ‘Intertwined’ collections by Mi Asunta - jewelry and body accessories with movement.  The idea behind Intertwined is one of changing shape and fluidity of motion, something that transforms the identity of the wearer in the process.  Mi Asunta was created in 2008, taking its name from Sara’s grandmother Asunta Leone, whose love of costume jewelry and sense of style inspired her grandaughter’s own creativity.  Sara explained to me,  ”She worked too hard to use her creative skill the way she wanted.  She never had regrets, but there was something extremely poignant about her aspirations and the inspiration they engendered within me.”

Design team and romantic partners Nick and Sara have collaborated on two collections so far – Intertwined I and II:  ”Our designs and relationship revolve around a commitment to beauty and love.  It’s like a kaleidoscope.  The pieces change their shapes, they are playful.  We learn to give each other space and not take each ourselves too seriously.” Sara told me.  She continued,  “Take space away and the kaleidoscope gets jammed.  Just when we think we’ve wrapped our heads around each other there is something new to discover.  So what the designs say about our relationship is that it is still growing, still changing.”

I really enjoy the creativity of movement in this jewelry.  The two piece body armour style I am wearing here can be worn several ways – across the body, as a longer necklace, the centre piece joining the chains can be worn up high or down low…. an intriguing design. What seems to distinguish collection I from II to me is the evolution in the complexity of movement (Sara showed me different ways to wear certain pieces I could never have imagined!)

The pair photographed each other for the Mi Asunta lookbooks, an unintentional move but an idea that was born when the pair were let down by models originally booked for the shoot.  In these images the intimacy of the work process is captured on film perfectly.

In my mission to accessorise in new and unique ways this year, Mi Asunta is quite a find.  You can browse and purchase the collection at Endless.com.

Wearing: T-Shirt from Zara; skinny legging jean from Gap (available in black here); Jewelry, Mi Asunta.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Liat Ginzburg

One of my style resolutions for 2012 was to work harder at finding accessories to compliment the way I dress.  I’ve talked before about not being a huge accessories fan; I’m quite simple in my choice of clothes and I’ve often been of the view that jewelry clutters an otherwise perfectly beautiful outfit (several of my fashion blogger friends are likely throwing daggers at me at this point, yes, I know who you are lol).

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the enormously talented Israeli designer Liat Ginzburg for my Lookbooks column (you can read the interview here) and I was totally blown away by her statement necklaces.  Her designs have featured in Vogue Italia and Grazia France and I’d love to see them widely distributed here in the US.  Made from plastic, perspex, rubber and wood components, her pieces can transform an outfit in seconds.  This necklace from her Technicolour collection is one of my favourites:

“The designs express a contemporary view on the 90`s fashion and club scene, and are characterized by bold colorfulness and blunt, ‘disharmonic’ combinations. Liat’s influences range from the night life scene, through to her career researching and teaching about art and all the way to her poem writing and art photography.” 

Although perhaps not typical Austin fare, my style is my style and I wore the necklace for a night out along sixth street in the city.  I’ll be very sad to leave Texas on Wednesday, it’s such a great place to visit.

Do check out Liat’s designs if you have the chance! She has several collections ranging from Dare, a bold display of colourful jewels, to Chandelier, showcasing some beautiful multicoloured stones and the more refined Clear.

How am I doing on my New Year’s style resolution, Blog Reader? Any tips for me? If you know my style, how should I be accessorising?

Wearing: necklace by Liat Ginzburg; body con maxi dress from ASOS. Sunglasses, GUESS. Quote from Liat’s website.